Confederate Monuments Emails

In this May 19, 2017 file photo, a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is removed from Lee Circle in New Orleans. Lee's was the last of four monuments to Confederate-era figures to be removed under a 2015 City Council vote on a proposal by Mayor Mitch Landrieu. State Rep. Patricia Smith, a black Baton Rouge Democrat, received 105 emails alone, almost all favoring a proposal by her Republican colleague Thomas Carmody that would have erected obstacles to tearing down such monuments.

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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.

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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.


New Orleans