Should they stay or should they go? Tributes to the Confederacy roil New Orleans

Photo: Anthony Moretti

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.

The New York Times explores how one southern city is grappling with the importance of history and the importance of current norms.

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.

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