Louisiana

18th May 2017

Dear Compatriots,

Who would think that our country has come to what it is today. Ever since 9-11 the landscape of our country, has been ever changing. I hear on the radio, news channels, and read in news papers everyday, of organizations who want to change our American History. The Words Echoed the day of 9-11, Ring ever louder today, "Our Country Will Never Be The Same" Oh how true. During the last 8 years it has become horrible to be an American. Certain leaders has bad mouthed, and run our country in the ground, and there is no respect for fellow men, or government leaders, and Washington D.C. has become even intolerant of each other who call themselves leaders of our country, and now even in local governments as well.

On 24th April, 2017, Monday, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu fulfilled his Vow on the Dismantling of Confederate Monuments located in his city. The first of four Confederate-Era Monuments in New Orleans came down before sunrise Monday, with the Liberty Place Monument cut off from its downtown pedestal and stored in an undisclosed area.

On 11th May 2017, Thursday. New Orleans Removes 2nd Confederate-Era Monument, The removal of the Jefferson Davis Memorial. New Orleans voted to remove four Confederate-Era Monuments in 2015 because the statues for many residents are symbols of racism and white supremacy.

In the coming days, the city will also remove two statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard, now that legal challenges have been overcome.

"We will no longer allow the Confederacy to literally be put on a pedestal in the heart of our city," Mayor Mitch Landrieu vowed. "The City of New Orleans owns these Statues and the property they sit on, and we have affirmed the city's right to control its property at the executive, judicial and legislative levels of all of government," Landrieu said.

  • Orleans Parish - Liberty Monument – Erected 1891 to Commerate the Battle of Liberty Place. Removed; April 24, 2017.
  • Orleans Parish - Jefferson Davis Memorial - Erected in 1911. Removed May 11, 2017.
  • Orleans Parish - Robert E. Lee monument and circle - Erected in 1884. - 60 ft. column with 12 ft. statue on an earthen mound.
  • Orleans Parish - P. G. T. Beauregard equestrian monument - Erected in 1913

The Jefferson Davis Monument, also known as the Jefferson Davis Memorial, was an outdoor sculpture and memorial to President Jefferson Davis CSA,
installed at
Jeff Davis Parkway and Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States from 1911 to 2017.
Coordinates: 29°58′11″N 90°05′39″W / 29.96985°N  90.09427°W
 

Orleans Parish - Jefferson Davis Memorial
Erected in 1911 - Removed May 11, 2017.
 

Foundation after removal of statue, pedestal and base

Should State Law Over-ride Local Governments on Monuments?

Louisiana Legislature considering monument protection bill and amendment
Updated: 3:15 PM CDT Apr 24, 2017

NEW ORLEANS —

Bills currently filed in the Louisiana Legislature would stop historic or war monuments from coming down in the future, if passed.

HB292 and its companion bill, HB71, a proposed constitutional amendment, would protect historic monuments and make it illegal for any city, parish or municipality to remove them.

Loyola law professor Dane Cioleno said the legislative action would be an unusual step into typically locally-governed territory.

"It would be unusual for the state to come in and tell the parishes and municipalities that they cannot legislate in these areas -- that they cannot make up their own minds about local parks and monuments," Cioleno said.

The first of four Confederate-era monuments in New Orleans came down before sunrise Monday, with the Liberty Place monument cut off from its downtown pedestal and stored in an undisclosed area.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the city is within its rights to decide what stays on its property and what comes down.

"The city of New Orleans owns these statues and the property they sit on, and we have affirmed the city's right to control its property at the executive, judicial and legislative levels of all of government," Landrieu said.

In a statement to WDSU, Tyronne Walker, communications director for the city of New Orleans said:

"Today's action shows that Mayor Landrieu is resolute in his commitment to remove the four confederate monuments. This is a local matter that should be decided locally. This issue went through an exhaustive public process, and the city's right to control its own property has been affirmed by the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government."

If passed, the law would not force the monuments that have already come down to be put back up. It would only apply to future removals. The bills have not yet been assigned to a committee, which is the first step in the legislative approval process.

Bill to Stop Confederate Monument Removals,
Put power in 'people's hands' passes Committee.

HLS 17RS-25 ENGROSSED
2017 Regular Session
HOUSE BILL NO. 71
BY REPRESENTATIVES CARMODY, AMEDEE, BISHOP, DEVILLIER, HODGES, HORTON, HOWARD, PUGH, SEABAUGH, SHADOIN, AND THOMAS AND SENATOR APPEL
Prefiled pursuant to Article III, Section 2(A)(4)(b)(i) of the Constitution of Louisiana.
CULTURE/REC/TOUR: Provides for the conservation of public military memorials
1 AN ACT
2 To enact R.S. 25:915, relative to military memorials on public property; to prohibit state and
3 local governmental entities from taking actions that would be detrimental to such
4 memorials; to provide for conservation of such memorials; and to provide
5 exceptions; and to provide for related matters. 6 Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana:
7 Section
1. This Act shall be known as the Louisiana Military Memorial Conservation 8 Act. 9 Section 2. R.S. 25:915 is hereby enacted to read as follows: 10 §915. Military memorial conservation 11 A.
(1) No memorial, including any structure, plaque, statue, or monument,

12 that is located on public property and that commemorates the Revolutionary War, 13 War of 1812, Mexican-American War, War Between the States, Spanish-American
14 War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War,
15 War in Iraq, or any Native American War shall be altered, removed, relocated, or
16 destroyed.
17 (2) No public memorial, including any structure, plaque, statue, monument,
18 school, street, bridge, building, park, or area, that has been dedicated in memory of
19 or named for any historical military figure, historical military event, military
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CODING: Words in struck through type are deletions from existing law; words underscored are additions.
HLS 17RS-25 ENGROSSED HB NO. 71 1 organization, or military unit shall be altered, removed, relocated, destroyed,
2 rededicated, or renamed.
3 B. Notwithstanding Subsection A of this Section, the state agency or political
4 subdivision responsible for maintaining any such memorial may take actions it
5 deems necessary for the protection, preservation, care, repair, or restoration of a
6 memorial.
7 C. Notwithstanding Subsection A of this Section, a parish or municipal
8 governing authority may take an action otherwise prohibited by Subsection A if a
9 proposition authorizing the action has been approved by a majority of the voters who
10 vote on the proposition at an election held for that purpose. A parish or municipal
11 governing authority may call an election for the purpose of submitting such a
12 proposition to its voters.
13 Section 3. This Act shall become effective upon signature by the governor or, if not
14 signed by the governor, upon expiration of the time for bills to become law without signature
15 by the governor, as provided by Article III, Section 18 of the Constitution of Louisiana. If
16 vetoed by the governor and subsequently approved by the legislature, this Act shall become
17 effective on the day following such approval. DIGEST The digest printed below was prepared by House Legislative Services. It constitutes no part of the legislative instrument. The keyword, one-liner, abstract, and digest do not constitute part of the law or proof or indicia of legislative intent. [R.S. 1:13(B) and 24:177(E)] HB 71 Engrossed 2017 Regular Session Carmody Abstract: Prohibits state and local government entities from taking actions with respect to removal or destruction of public military memorials. Proposed law prohibits altering, removing, relocating, or destroying a memorial, including any structure, plaque, statue, or monument that is located on public property and that commemorates specified wars in U.S. history. Further prohibits altering, removing, relocating, destroying, rededicating, or renaming a public memorial, including any structure, plaque, statue, monument, school, street, bridge, building, park, or area, that has been dedicated in memory of or named for any historical military figure, historical military event, military organization, or military unit. Proposed law provides, however, that the state agency or political subdivision responsible for maintaining any such memorial may take actions it deems necessary for the protection, preservation, care, repair, or restoration of a memorial.

 

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CODING: Words in struck through type are deletions from existing law; words underscored are additions.
HLS 17RS-25 ENGROSSED HB NO. 71 Proposed law authorizes a parish or municipal governing authority to take an action otherwise prohibited by proposed law if the action is approved by the voters. Authorizes calling an election for this purpose. Effective upon signature of governor or lapse of time for gubernatorial action. (Adds R.S. 25:915) Summary of Amendments Adopted by House The Committee Amendments Proposed by

House Committee on Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs to the original bill:
1. Authorize
a parish or municipal governing authority to take an action otherwise prohibited by proposed law if the action is approved by the voters.

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Bobby W. Smith

Photo Source:

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Owner.jpg License: CC BY 2.0 Contributors: originally posted to Flickr as Jefferson Davis, Slave Owner Original artist: Bart Everson

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Monument_Foundation.jpg License: CC BY-SA 4.0 Contributors: Own work Original artist: Bart Everson

 

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