Beauregard Parish courthouse won't be seeing P.G.T. Beauregard statue

Beauregard Parish courthouse won't be seeing P.G.T. Beauregard statue

BEAUREGARD PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Back in the summer New Orleans removed four controversial confederate monuments.

When General P.G.T. Beauregard's statue came down, Beauregard Parish Police Jury president Rusty Williamson fought to get the statue brought to the parish, but his push for the statue didn't come without some opposition.

Back in June 7News spoke with Williamson who was working to get the statue to the parish. He wanted it placed in front of the newly finished Beauregard Parish courthouse.

Members from the Beauregard Community Coalition were against it, and didn't like the idea of the statue being in front of the courthouse.

Later on once it was discovered that the statue wouldn't be coming to the parish, one resident brought a New Orleans statue artist to the parish to discuss creating a new statue of P.G.T. Beauregard.

The statue would have the general in a suit instead of his confederate uniform, and feature a quote saying "Equal rights-- One flag-- One country-- One people."

Tuesday night the community came out to Beauregard Parish's Ways and Means Committee meeting to discuss adding the new statue idea to the next election ballot, but the meeting ended pretty quickly.

"It's been tabled in committee, and it could be brought up in the future if the issues rose again," said police juror, Mike Harper. "It should probably be in the legislative committee....any kind of proposition that would be brought before the voters though."

Harper says right now he doesn't see much of a chance that the statue would be coming to Beauregard Parish soon.

To read back on the fight for the statue click, HERE, HERE and HERE.

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