Confederate Monument Fight Sounds Familiar
This sounds like what's been happening in Caddo Parish. But there is one major difference. The Confederate Monument in front of the Caddo Courthouse is still there.
The United Daughters of the Confederacy lose a court fight in North Carolina. The group was trying to get a Confederate monument put back on the grounds at the Courthouse after county officials removed it.
Superior Court Judge Susan Bray issued the ruling about a week after the monument was removed from the Chatham County Courthouse grounds. The UDC had tried to block the removal. The group said a 2015 state law mandates that the statue be returned. The local chapter donated the monument to Chatham County in 1907.
The monument was removed months after Winston-Salem officials removed a Confederate statue from land that had passed into private hands. Protesters have also torn down monuments at a Durham courthouse and on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Caddo Parish has been in the middle of a debate over the local monument for years. Parish Commissioners have voted to remove it, but the UDC has challenged that decision in court.
In late August, the Parish gave the UDC 90 days to remove the monument. That 90 days is up and the monument is still standing in front of the courthouse.