I have a few things to say about the removal of Confederate monuments:

1. According to U.S. Public Law 85-425, Sec. 410, which was approved May 23, 1958, Confederate soldiers, sailors and Marines who fought in the Civil war were made U.S. veterans. This act of Congress made all Confederate veterans equal to U.S. veterans.

2. Twenty-nine years earlier, U.S. Public Law 810, Approved by the 17th Congress on Feb. 26, 1929, the War Department was directed to erect headstones and recognize Confederate grave sites as U.S. War dead grave sites.

3. Lee Circle in New Orleans has a 12-foot statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which was dedicated in 1884 and was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. This National Register is the federal government’s official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects deemed worthy of preservation. Also included in the National Register of Historic Places is the Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard Equestrian Statue unveiled in 1915 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

4. Jackson Square is a historic park in the French Quarter, which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. A National Historic Landmark is a building, site, structure or object recognized by the U.S. government for its outstanding degree of historical significance.

So, my questions are how can the mayor and City Council remove the federal government’s historical landmarks and historical places, and how can they remove a statue or monument to a U.S. veteran?

Shouldn’t we just learn from history so as not to repeat it?

Lisa Taylor

educator

New Orleans