The group Take 'Em Down NOLA marched through the streets of New Orleans on Sunday, again advocating for the removal of more monuments to slave owners and Confederate officials, according to a report.
WWL-TV reported that dozens gathered to march in Lafayette Square, where they called for the removal of monuments to U.S. Sen. Henry Clay and John McDonogh.
Take 'Em Down NOLA also wants to see the removal of monuments to Edward Douglass White Jr., New Orleans founder Bienville and Andrew Jackson in Jackson Square.
The group Take 'Em Down NOLA on Thursday renewed its call to eliminate more monuments celebrating slave owners and Confederate officials in Ne…
The monument, which commemorates Jackson's victory at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, has been a particular target of the group because Jackson owned slaves and, as president, was responsible for violently forcing Native Americans off their land in what came to be known as the Trail of Tears.
“We are committed to continuing our protest, to show people and explain to people that these things are offensive to black people especially, and should be offensive to democratically minded people,” said Malcolm Suber, a spokesperson for Take ‘Em Down NOLA.
The Monumental Task Committee, a group that has led opposition to the removal of monuments in the city, issued a statement to WWL in response to the weekend march.
“The target list released by Take 'Em Down NOLA proves the slippery slope is real,” the statement reads. “The MTC encourages tolerance and respect for all monuments. This revisionist movement to erase and rewrite history must end.”
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