Hurricane Laura Damages Confederate Monument After Officials Voted To Keep It
According to The Daily Advertiser, Hurricane Laura caused damage to a Confederate monument in Lake Charles, Louisiana, after officials had voted earlier this month to keep it.
- “The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury voted 10-4 Aug. 13 to let the South's Defenders Monument remain on the grounds of a courthouse in Lake Charles,” the outlet reported.
- Officials received 945 written responses from the public, with 878 against moving the controversial monument and 67 in favor of relocating it, Calcasieu Parish Administrator Bryan Beam said.
- Images emerged on Twitter Thursday morning showing the general in pieces on the ground, The Advertiser reported.
Dedicated in 1915, the monument honors Confederate soldiers from the area and other towns across the South. Parish officials had been taking public comments since late June about what to do with the statue amid calls around the country to remove Confederate monuments many see as symbols of racism.