CLINTON, LA (WAFB) - A Clinton resident suggested the removal of a Confederate statue that has been standing outside the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse for more than 100 years.
Built in 1909, the monument has a soldier statue standing on top of it, commemorating the Confederate lives lost during the Civil War. It also has an image of the Confederate flag.
Paul Jackson believes the monument stands for racial inequality that the South fought for during the Civil War. He proposed the change to the East Feliciana Parish Police Jury on Monday night.
Jackson wants the statue to be moved to the Clinton Confederate Cemetery. He said it would be a more appropriate location than the courthouse.
"What it's saying is that the South's cause was just and righteous. Because it stands on the grounds of the Parish Judiciary system," Jackson said.
Another Clinton resident disagrees. Randall Peay has lived in Clinton since 1952 and said the monument is important to the community.
"It's part of history, you can't change history. It's part of the history of this town, okay? Nobody, until this cropped up the other night, nobody has even thought about that," Peay said.
Clinton Mayor Lori Bell said she doesn't have an opinion on the matter right now. She added that she wants more time to look over the proposal.
"If they move it, if they don't, I mean it's history, and people have their differences of opinions," Bell said.
Bell said that if the statue is moved, the East Feliciana Parish would be responsible for the costs. There are no estimates on how much money would be needed to make the move.
"This parish just doesn't have the money to do it," Peay said. "The people who want it move, this is what I say - put your money where your mouth is. Y'all put up the money, and y'all move it."
Bell said the parish police jury will have to review Jackson's proposal before any decisions are made.