Two city commissions have recommended to the New Orleans City Council that four Confederate statues "may be removed." The statues — P.G.T. Beauregard outside City Park, Robert E. Lee at Lee Circle, Jefferson Davis on Jefferson Davis Parkway, and a monument commemorating the Reconstruction-era Battle of Liberty Place — were the subject of two public meetings, held by the Historic District Landmark Commission (HDLC) and the Human Relations Commission (HLC) Aug. 13. Both committees voted nearly unanimously that the monuments may be removed under a City Council resolution that points to a 1993 law considering a public statue a nuisance if it "honors, praises, or fosters ideologies which are in conflict with the requirements of equal protection for citizens" or "suggests the supremacy of one ethnic, religious, or racial group over any other, or gives honor or praise to any violent actions taken wrongfully against citizens of the city to promote ethnic, religious, or racial supremacy of any group over another."
Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse said the discussion isn't so much about the men represented by the monuments but "the ideology that caused their monuments to be erected in the first place."
Dozens of people packed the City Council chambers to speak for and against their removal — those in favor said the statues represent decades of oppression and disregard the struggles, histories and personhood of more than half of the families in New Orleans. Many commission members agreed. Opponents repeatedly pointed to the potential costs of removing the statues, as well as their removal symbolizing a "rewriting" of history.