Confederate Statue Removed From City Hall in Lafayette, Louisiana After 99 Years

A statue of a Confederate general in front of a city hall in south Louisiana was removed on July 17 after 99 years.

The removal of the statue of Confederate General Alfred Mouton came a day after the United Daughters of the Confederacy signed a settlement agreeing with the downtown city of Lafayette to transport it to a new location.

The Daughters, who commissioned the statue and donated it to the city in April 1922, have yet to disclose the new location.

Both parties agreed to shoulder the cost of the statue’s removal and the transportation.

Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory described the day as “historic” and the beginning of the “process of healing for our community” as he attended to witness the event, along with hundreds of locals.

Last July 16, Guillory said in a statement that the statue did not honor Mouton, but was erected during the Jim Crow era “to intimidate an entire class of people.”

“The hate of the Jim Crow era does not represent the values of our community, and a statue that glorifies that cause is wrong. We can honor our past and heritage without hurting an entire group of our people,” Guillory stated.

Mouton was a slave owner and a son of a former Louisiana governor. He died while fighting for the Confederacy in the civil war battle of Mansfield.

The statue was erected 60 years after his death, during the Jim Crow era known as a time of racial segregation and violence against Black people.

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