Committee weighs in on Confederate Monument

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The Citizens Advisory Committee tasked with making a recommendation regarding whether to move the Confederate Monument in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse has spoken.

This afternoon, they not only voted to keep the Confederate Monument at the Courthouse, they voted to add another monument, recommending a Civil Rights monument be built next to the existing statue.

But building an additional monument would come with a heavy price tag, and the money would have to either come from taxpayers or a public/private partnership.

But Pastor David Morris, a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee said, “It’s ludicrous to add something else to what’s already there when we already knew that it’s an expensive task to move.”

Morris maintained keeping the Confederate monument in place and adding a second one was the worst decision the committee could have made.

He added it was difficult listening to some of the public’s comments. “I would challenge those people that think slavery is a good thing, I would challenge them to be a slave for seven days and have to go through everything our early ancestors had to go through,” Morris said.     

But in the end, it will be up to the Caddo Commission to make the final decision. Commissioner Lyndon Johnson said regardless of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee’s recommendation, he’s voting to move the Confederate Monument.

Citizens will have to wait a few more weeks for that vote, however, as until the long-range planning committee submits its recommendation, a vote cannot take place. 

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