There is a reasonable compromise solution to the Confederate-monuments controversy:
Lee Circle. Put Lee back and place Grant’s statue alongside him, with Old Glory in-between. Add a historical plaque (a) describing the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse and (b) explaining how the South’s defeat preserved the Union and ended slavery. Rename Lee Circle, Union Circle.
Jefferson Davis Monument and Parkway. Put Davis back. Add (a) Lincoln’s statue and (b) a plaque stating, among other things, their roles in the Civil War and honoring Lincoln for preserving the Union and ending slavery. Rename the parkway North-South Parkway.
Beauregard’s statue. Put Beauregard back, along with an equestrian statue of William T. Sherman, his northern foe who accepted Beauregard’s surrender near the conclusion of the Civil War. A plaque with Beauregard/Sherman war details and accounts of Beauregard’s life should be placed between the statues.
The Liberty Monument. Put back this stinging rejection of Reconstruction in Louisiana, but encumber it with a statue and biographical plaque honoring P.B.S. Pinchback, the African-American, Reconstruction governor of Louisiana. The plaque should include an endorsement of Reconstruction as a precondition to reestablishing the Union and assuring the end to slavery.
The explanatory historical plaques at each monument site must be entirely dispassionate and factual, so that each monument is a lesson in history, not an exercise in political correctness.
clerk of court, Jefferson Parish