Clergy rally over Confederate monuments

Published: Aug. 20, 2015 at 7:25 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A citywide interfaith group hopes to use the power of the pulpit-- to remove confederate monuments in New Orleans.

Nearly 100 pastors and community leaders drafted an open letter to the people of New Orleans, which reads in part, "for some, the Confederate monuments are a symbol of history that ought to be preserved. For many others, these symbols are living reminders of slavery, our segregationist past, and the still bleeding wound of systemic racism."

Several members of the clergy gathered on the steps of the First Grace United Methodist Church on Canal Street, near a monument of Jefferson Davis, to read the letter and call for action.

"As a spiritual leaders of New Orleans we know the power of symbols which is why we stand in support of their removal in their current state lacking any proper context these monuments do not teach us about the past they reflect a deafening silence about Jim Crow culture," said. Dr. CS Gordon Jr., of the New Zion Baptist Church.

The clergy members say the monuments are better suited for a museum, and not in public areas.

To read the full letter, click here.

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