Accomplice statue faraway from Louisiana Metropolis Corridor after 99 years | Louisiana
Spectators cheered Saturday when a stone statue of a Confederate general was lifted by a crane and removed from a pedestal where it stood outside a town hall in southern Louisiana for 99 years.
The removal came a day after the United Daughters of the Confederacy signed an agreement agreeing to relocate the statue of General Alfred Mouton or leave it to the city. A trial was scheduled for July 26th.
“The Confederation has surrendered,” lawyer Jerome Moroux told the lawyer. Moroux represented the town and 16 townspeople who wanted to make the statue disappear.
The 2020 murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department sparked new calls across the country for the removal of Confederate statues, many decades after the Civil War, during the Jim Crow era when states were enacting new racial segregation laws. and during the Lost Cause movement, when some historians and others mistakenly portrayed the southern rebellion as a struggle to defend the rights of states rather than slavery.
Mouton, whose full name was Jean-Jacques-Alfred-Alexandre Mouton, was a slave owner and son of a former governor of Louisiana. He died at the head of a cavalry charge in the Civil War Battle of Mansfield.
The statue of Confederate General Alfred Mouton will be removed on Saturday. Photo: Scott Clause / AP
“It’s been 99 years now, and that’s way too long to stay in place,” said advertiser Fred Prejean, president of Move the Mindset, a group formed to help remove the Crowd statue.
In 1980 the outgoing Mayor Kenny Bowen wanted to move the statue to the then new town hall of Lafayette. Although United Daughters of the Confederacy turned the statue over to the city in 1922, the group fought against the move, in part because Mouton’s father once owned the statue’s location.
The group delayed the move until Dud Lastrapes took office, and then received a permanent court order prohibiting any move unless it was needed for road works or the land was sold, the advertiser reported.
Residents urged the city to remove moutons from the town hall in 2016 during a national movement to remove Confederate statues. But after the United Daughters threatened legal action, the town council relented.
This prompted the formation of Move the Mindset and other groups to raise awareness of the Jim Crow era statue’s history, the treatment of blacks during that time, and the ill effects of a Confederate statue at an entrance to downtown Lafayette sharpen.
Sixteen members of Move the Mindset filed papers in 2019 to intervene in the 1980 injunction, arguing that by donating the statue unconditionally, the group had no legal right to oppose a move.
Mayor President Josh Guillory asked attorneys to investigate options and in 2020 the city council approved the removal. The city joined Move the Mindset in the legal battle against the 1980 injunction.