NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Wednesday called on city officials to begin taking action to remove four prominent statues and consider replacing them with symbols that reflect the "culture, unity, hope and future of New Orleans" as the city looks to its 300th anniversary in 2018, according to a city news release.
The four monuments are: General Robert E. Lee Monument, General P.G.T. Beauregard Equestrian Statue, Jefferson Davis Monument and the Liberty Monument.
"Symbols matter and should reflect who we really are as a people, but times have changed. That is not to say that we should forget our history, but there is a time and place to commemorate and learn from our past," Landriue said in a statement. "Prominent locations in our city such as Lee Circle ought to reflect the unity, diversity, culture and the wonderful things that bring us together rather than something in our history that has separated us." country - one team, one fight, one voice, one city."
The announcement came at the year one celebration of Welcome Table New Orleans.