Ahead of court decision, monument opponents seek to rally support

Ahead of court decision, monument opponents seek to rally support

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The fight over whether Confederate-era monuments in New Orleans should stay is about to enter a new phase.

The group Take Em Down Nola held a meeting Thursday night rallying support for their cause to have the monuments removed.

"There are a lot of people who already believe these monuments need to come down. The city has already determined that four of the many need to come down, and so we understand that there are some people who object to that, but we need to move forward," said Angela Kinlaw.

Back in December, the city ruled the monuments a public nuisance and ordered them removed. But preservationists fought in federal court to keep them, saying they are an important part of the city's history. A federal appeals court will take up the issue later this month.

We reached out to one group in favor of keeping the monuments, but they had no comment. But back in February, Pierre McGraw with the Monumental Task Committee had this say: "We would sure like to keep them up, we don't think there's any harm in leaving them in place as they are, I mean they've been there forever and that's what we were hoping to convince a judge of."

The city released the following statement:

"A hearing is set for Sept. 28 in Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Eastern District of Louisiana denied a request for a preliminary injunction against the city in January. That ruling has been temporarily stayed, preventing removal while the Fifth Circuit weighs the merits of the district court's decision. The City maintains that it is well within its rights to manage its own property. When challenged, this authority has been upheld in both federal and state court. Once removed, the monuments will be stored in a City-owned warehouse until further plans can be developed for a private park or museum site where the monuments can be put in a fuller context."

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