Some Want Confederate Monument in Downtown Shreveport Torn Down [POLL]
Shreveport NAACP members want Confederate Monument removed from the grounds of the Caddo Parish Courthouse.
Local NAACP President Lloyd Thompson says it's time for the monument to go. He says it's a symbol of hate and stirs emotions of divisiveness. He's asking parish leaders to come up with the funding to tear the structure down.
But the monument and the land it sits on are owned by the Daughters of the Confederacy and that group has issued this statement:
The monument belongs to the Shreveport Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. It is on the National Registry of Historical Sites and it will not be moved.
Back in 2011, the Confederate flag flew at this location, but the Caddo Commission voted to remove the flag. Commissioners say it will cost $300,000 to take down the monument. Thompson is also asking that it be removed from the National Registry of Historic Sites.