Debate to remove Caddo Parish Confederate Monument tabled

Published: Jun. 9, 2016 at 9:48 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2016 at 12:03 AM CDT
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(Source: Troy Washington, KSLA News 12)
(Source: Troy Washington, KSLA News 12)
More than a dozen parish residents registered to speak on the Confederate monument. (Source:...
More than a dozen parish residents registered to speak on the Confederate monument. (Source: Nick Lawton, KSLA)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Caddo Parish Commission has put off making a decision on a proposal to remove the confederate monument from outside the parish courthouse.

The decision to table the resolution came after a heated public comment session Thursday afternoon.

District 12 Commissioner Ken Epperson's resolution includes $300,000 to replace the controversial monument with a U.S.S. Golet submarine monument honoring a Caddo Parish sailor who died on the piece of World War II history.

"That monument represents people that were traitors to the United States of America," said Shreveport resident Artis Cash, "To come in here and act as if they was heroes is wrong!"

While some spoke in support of the Army veteran's proposed resolution, others lashed out at Epperson.

"If you've got money to build a new statue, fix my roads! Stop the race baiting and the things that you're doing. I'm ashamed of you!" Shreveport resident Jamie Lipscombe told Epperson.

"Go through the 20 years that I've been here, search the minutes," Epperson responded. "You are not going to see nothing in the minutes that says Ken Epperson said this is because of race!"

Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, who maintain they own the land the monument is on, say it's a testament to locals fighting for local history, "and remains a statement of the role those women played in preserving Caddo Parish history," according to Shreveport Chapter President Jackie Nichols.

"It is a tombstone for those who do not have one," said Charles McMichael, who was one of several who showed up to voice their opinion that the monument should remain because confederate veterans are American veterans.

"To take down this monument is to desecrate the grave of a veteran."

During the meeting, Caddo Parish Attorney Donna Frazier said the parish does own the land the monument sits on.

The commission ultimately agreed to form a subcommittee of citizens and historians to gauge their input, and revisit the issue at a later date.

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