They are reminders of an important — and, yes, controversial — period of American history: monuments to the Confederacy.
There is obvious historical value to these monuments. But they come with that aforementioned baggage.
New Orleans is halfway through a bitterly contested plan to remove four Confederate monuments from public spaces in the city.
A monument to a Reconstruction-era insurrection was taken down last month. This past week, workers dismantled a statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy. The city intends to soon remove two other monuments — statues of the Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and P. G. T. Beauregard.