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06/16 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces (encore)

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

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In December, New Orleans’ City Council approved Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s plan to remove four Confederate monuments from the city. But the action has been postponed by a federal court of appeals. And while two attempts in the state legislature to block the removal of the monuments failed this session, a statewide poll shows that 73 percent of Louisiana residents oppose moving the structures.

So, what should be the role of state and local government in regulating these symbols? Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums? Louisiana Public Square explores the debate in an encore presentation of its award-winning episode, “Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces,” airing Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

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1. Only 4% of Southern soldiers owned slaves. What were they fighting for? 2. Robert E. Lee, was offered by A. Lincoln the command of the Union Army. He peplied that ” he could not fight against his fellow Virginians” and declined. 3.. Robert E. Lee freed all his slaves in 1862. Abraham Lincoln did not issue “The Emancipation Proclamation” until 1863. It only freed slaves in South and not the North. Hypocrite, why did it take him so long. 4. General Grant had slaves until the end of the war! Is any of this incorrect?

Posted by Roger LeBlanc  on  06/23  at  05:23 PM

the south was about to end slavery just before the Civil War started.

Posted by patricia bonnette  on  06/23  at  05:25 PM
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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recorded Monday, February 20)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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