Caddo soldier

A Confederate memorial outside the Caddo Parish courthouse (via Wikimedia Commons).

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A government panel in a north Louisiana parish has recommended removing a Confederate monument from the grounds of a local courthouse.

Media in Shreveport say Tuesday's 4-3 vote by the Caddo Parish Long-Range Planning Committee is one step toward removal of a statue of a Confederate soldier that's been on the Caddo Courthouse grounds since 1906.

KTBS-TV reports that the full 12-member Caddo Parish Commission gets the recommendation later this month and a public hearing will be held on Oct. 5.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana on Wednesday praised the panel's decision and urged the commission to follow its recommendation. Executive Director Marjorie Esman says such monuments were built to commemorate slavery and legacies of white supremacy and have "no place being glorified in our public spaces."

Many municipalities have followed suit this year after three Confederate monuments — Robert E. Lee, PGT Beauregard and Jefferson Davis — were removed in New Orleans earlier this year.