Louisiana Cultural Vistas to hold discussion of Confederate monuments in New Orleans

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The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, located in Lee Circle, looks down on St. Charles Avenue by night. - CREATIVE COMMONS/PAT "CLETCH" WILLIAMS
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/PAT "CLETCH" WILLIAMS
  • The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, located in Lee Circle, looks down on St. Charles Avenue by night.


What to do about New Orleans' Confederate monuments — if anything — has been a hot topic around town since the Confederate flag flap in South Carolina and Mayor Mitch Landrieu's call to get four Confederate monuments in New Orleans taken down or moved.

On July 23, Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine will host a forum on the subject, focusing on the history of each, as well as the significance of Robert E. Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis to the city of New Orleans directly. According to the magazine, "the conversation is intended to add a historical perspective to the ongoing debate over how the South interprets the memory of the Civil War and Reconstruction."

Louisiana Cultural Vistas editor David Johnson will moderate, and the panel will include Tulane University associate professor of history Rosanne Adderley; Molly Mitchell, professor of early American history at the University of New Orleans; Justin Nystrom, assistant professor and co-director of Loyola University's Center for the Study of New Orleans; and Greg Osborn, associate at the New Orleans Public Library.

The discussion begins at 6 p.m. at the offices of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (938 Lafayette St.). Admission is free and open to the public, and there's a Facebook page for RSVPs.


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