Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is trying to find a way to block the proposed removal of Confederate monuments prominently displayed in New Orleans.
The New Orleans Historical District Landmarks Commission voted Thursday to recommend the removal of four monuments, including the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from its perch at Lee Circle.
In addition to the Lee statue, the commission recommended moving the statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from the street that bears his name and P.G.T. Beauregard, a Confederate general, from City Park; as well as the monument to the Battle of Liberty Place, commemorating members of the city’s white population who rioted against the Reconstruction-era government and killed police officers.
“Governor Jindal opposes the tearing down of these historical statues and he has instructed his staff to look into the Heritage Act to determine the legal authority he has as Governor to stop it,” Jindal spokesman Doug Cain said in a statement to The Advocate Thursday afternoon.