Despite the headlines, the Liberty Place Monument does not directly commemorate the Confederacy. Properly understood, it commemorates an event that took place during Reconstruction in New Orleans. This is an important distinction with the other three monuments commemorating Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard and President Jefferson Davis.
The failure to properly identify this monument has everything to do with the place of Reconstruction in our collective memory, which is essentially non-existent. At the same time these monuments do form one consistent and important narrative. The Liberty Place Monument commemorates an attempt to return to the antebellum racial status quo, which Davis, Lee, Beauregard, and the Confederacy as a whole failed to protect.
With that said, now is your opportunity to share which of the three remaining monuments you think will be the next to come down.
— Kevin M. Levin (@KevinLevin) April 25, 2017
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