Mitch Landrieu on New Orleans' Confederate symbols: 'To maintain these symbols...seems to belie our progress and does not reflect who we truly are' _lowres

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON--A monument to a white lead race riot is seen in New Orleans, La. Thursday, July 9, 2015 .The moment is to a 1874 incident in New Orleans where a White League militia made up of ex-Confederates attacked the outnumbered metropolitan police and state militia defending the biracial Reconstruction government. The militia retreated when federal troops arrived and restored order to the city. The White League later called the violent riot the "Battle of Liberty Place" and the monument was originally placed on Canal St. before it was moved behind a parking garage near the Aquarium of the Americas. New Orleans only spent 15 months in the Confederacy and spent the majority of the Civil War under Union control when the city was captured in 1862 with zero casualties. The monuments that current Mayor Mitch Landrieu has asked to be removed from the public view in the city, which is 58% African American, were all placed many years after the Civil War as monuments to white supremacy.

The Vieux Carre Commission will consider this week whether to support calls for the removal of a monument celebrating a white supremacist uprising in New Orleans.

The so-called Battle of Liberty Place monument was erected in honor of members of the White League who attempted to overthrow the state’s biracial Reconstruction-era government in 1874. Nearly 40 people were killed in the fighting.

The monument is one of four that Mayor Mitch Landrieu proposed should be removed from public property after Dylann Roof, an avowed white supremacist, is charged with killed nine people at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this year.

The other three monuments celebrate Confederate officials: Gen. Robert E. Lee, President Jefferson Davis and Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard.

The Battle of Liberty Place monument, on Iberville Street, is the only one that will be reviewed by the VCC because it is the only one within the area that it oversees.

The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council chamber in City Hall, 1300 Perdido St.