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1. We advocate for the City Council of New Orleans to follow Section 84 of its Charter on Historical Preservation to Educate, Promote, Preserve, and Utilize for the Economic Welfare of the City of New Orleans. This means a ballot petition to amend and strengthen Section 84 with penalties for damaging or removing monuments to US Military Veterans.

2. We are concerned that the current process in place by the City Council and Mayor's Office violates both Section 84 and the Due Process of City Council meetings.  These actions are open to abuse with Millions of dollars of Art possibly ending up being sold for pennies on the dollar.  After two years no plan to replace the monuments or explain their final resting place has been presented.



Our Objective Use Monuments to Educate

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This begins with having the Mayor and City Council of New Orleans realize the mistake of removing monuments that provide education on how these men worked to transform a society from slavery to empowered freemen.

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Monuments to Progressive Leaders Slated for Removal by Mayor and Council in Round One

Four Monuments which showcase the path to eliminating Modern Day Slavery:  Awareness, Education, Empowerment, Voting Rights

General Robert E. Lee

Post War Robert E. Lee served as President of Washington & Lee University.  In 1856 Lee wrote to his wife:  "Slavery is a Moral and Political Evil."



  Lee spent several months from 1844-1845 at Jackson Barracks during the Mexican-American War.

Over 12,000 men from Louisiana fought under Lee as "Lee's Fighting Tigers,"  but less than 400 returned to Louisiana.

Lee's Monument is located near the World War II Museum; he influenced Generals Eisenhower and Patton.

As President Ike placed a portrait of Lee in the Oval Office and wrote: "General Robert E. Lee was, in my estimation, one of the supremely gifted men produced by our Nation. ... he was a poised and inspiring leader,... he was thoughtful yet demanding of his officers and men, forbearing with captured enemies but ingenious, unrelenting and personally courageous in battle, and never disheartened by a reverse or obstacle. ...

From deep conviction, I simply say this: a nation of men of Lee’s calibre would be unconquerable in spirit and soul. ... . "

Secretary of War Jefferson Davis

Mexican-American War Hero and US Senator, Davis is known for teaching financial empowerment and politics to slaves.

Jefferson Davis, was a hero in the Mexican-American War.  He served as a US Senator from Mississippi and Secretary of War. He spoke against Succession.

After being chosen to lead the Confederacy, he sent a delegation to Washington to seek a peaceful solution before the War started. They were denied.

In the 1840s, Davis began educating, training, and providing income to slaves.  He fought for rights for US slaves to own patents, after Benjamin Montgomery invented a low water steamboat propeller. Eventually he sold his plantation to his former slaves and financed the sale.   Montgomery became the first black elected to public office in Mississippi. Isiah, his son, became the first black mayor in Mississippi.

During the Civil War, Davis adopted an abused black child named Jim Limber.

Battle of Liberty Monument

Fought on September 14, 1874 over Voting Suppression, Gun Confiscation, and increased property taxes.

The 1872 election in Louisiana was so contested that the US Congress refused to count the electoral votes.

As the 1874 election neared, Voter Suppression was again in place.  Property Taxes had been increased to levels causing bankruptcy.

When the police, led by a former Confederate Solider,  attempted to confiscate a shipment of guns on the SS Mississippi intended for the Leeds Foundry, the Businesses of New Orleans closed and a protest started. At one point, gunfire started with dozens injured and several killed.

The Battle of Liberty Monument was erected in 1891, shortly after the Italian Government threaten War against the US. Mayor Shakspeare of New Orleans had violated the rights of 250 Italians and allowed the murder and hanging of 11 acquitted Italians on March 13, 1891.

After President Harrison advised him to pay $2,500.00 to each family, war was avoided.  During the Summer of 1891, funding was raised to erect the monument.

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