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Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- With the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee behind them, Malcolm Suber, left, and Rev. Raymond Brown along with other protesters burn the Confederate battle flag at Lee Circle during a rally to remove the symbol, along with statues like the one of General Robert E. Lee at Lee circle, from public places in New Orleans, La. Friday, June 26, 2015.

Having just recently visited the Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi, I believe I have a solution to the Confederate monument debates.

In Louisiana, we do not have enough public art, including statues and monuments, that add personality to our cities. Instead of removing public art, we need to add more.

We should add Union monuments in the same areas where there are Confederate monuments. That will give a complete and balanced picture of Louisiana’s history.

We all want to enhance our public spaces, so add more monuments instead of removing them.

Sophie Cassidy Gibson

retired school administrator

Baton Rouge