Report: Confederate monument advocates pass recommendation report to Cantrell, opponents critical

Report: Confederate monument advocates pass recommendation report to Cantrell, opponents critical
Removed confederate monuments. FOX 8 photo

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Advocates for Confederate monuments have reportedly passed a recommendation report suggesting the fate of the monuments to Mayor LaToya Cantrell, according to a report by our partners NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

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Richard Marksbury was part of a seven-member committee appointed by Cantrell to make recommendations on what to do with the removed statues.

Marksbury said the committee members met for about a month, traveled to meet with others about possible locations for the removed monuments, and drew up recommendations based on those meetings, according to the report.

The report said although a recommendation has been passed on to Cantrell, Marksbury did not comment on the contents of the report.

"They're not going to go up on any city property," Marksbury said in the report. "The city needs to figure out a way to dispose of them and I don't know why Take Em Down would have a say in what the city does with the private property."

According to the report, Marksbury said Cantrell could make the plans public, but out of common courtesy he himself would not release them to the public.

Cantrell spokesman Beau Tidwell told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune that the mayor "believes the future of the monuments belongs in the hands of those who care about them."

"As part of the transition, she invited individuals who had showed their concern to present suggestions," Tidwell said in the report. "The mayor has encouraged them to move forward in developing consensus and support among the community of people invested in preserving and moving the statues."

The city's anti-Confederate monument group Take Em Down NOLA  is reportedly criticizing Mayor Cantrell for what they consider is "not enough transparency" in determining the future of the removed statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Beauregard.

According to the report, the group is criticizing the committee's meetings because they were not announced and were held privately.

"She promised she was going to be open and transparent. But more importantly on an issue such as this, for her to go ahead and meet with one side -- without meeting with the other side -- is undemocratic," said Malcolm Suber, who leads Take Em Down NOLA in the report. "It was insulting to us. If you're going to lead with that, why not invite us to the meeting? We don't know what she told these people."

According to the report, Marksbury said a possibility that has been raised before would be placing the monuments in a cemetery.

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