City Council votes against resolution to remove Confederate monument

Published: Jul. 15, 2015 at 10:22 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2015 at 11:36 PM CDT
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(Source: Erika Ferrando/KPLC)
(Source: Erika Ferrando/KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Lake Charles City Council voted against a resolution Wednesday to remove the South's Defenders Monument at the Calcasieu Courthouse.

The council voted 4-2 against a resolution requesting the Calcasieu Police Jury remove the monument at its Wednesday meeting.  Morris and council member, Rodney Geyen voted for the resolution.

"Everybody wants their family, their children, to know about history and we all want to know about history, but for the African Americans it was a dark time in their history," said Morris.

The discussion drew a crowd, including protesters, at City Hall.

"It's taking away my heritage. I think that if someone wants to get upset because they see a monument, I'm sorry about that. You can't take away the war, it happened," said a community member before the council.

Councilwoman Mary Morris drafted the resolution calling for the monument to be removed.

Several people who were in favor of the resolution say they plan to contact their police jury representatives to get the item on the jury's agenda.

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