New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is spending many taxpayer dollars and a lot of contributed capital in restoring and improving Gallier Hall, our old City Hall for many years, for the Tricentennial celebration. Gallier Hall was built by slaves under James Gallier, who owned two slaves personally, along with his wife, who owned two slaves.
How hypocritical it is to restore such a monument for the Tricentennial, which is considered an icon, and then tear down other monuments because you deem them to be a symbol of slavery, discrimination and segregation, and not honoring the individuals for whom the monument is named.
The monuments honor great leaders in history who felt slavery was evil and worked to end its practice. Robert E. Lee’s picture was prominently displayed in the Oval Office, and many of the past presidents felt he was one of our greatest citizens in history. What a hypocrite is our Mitch Landrieu!
Frank B Stewart Jr.