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Confederate statue in front of East Feliciana Parish Courthouse to stay put for now

Confederate monument in front of the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Clinton (Source: WAFB) Confederate monument in front of the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Clinton (Source: WAFB)
The East Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Clinton with a Confederate monument out in front. (Source: WAFB) The East Feliciana Parish Courthouse in Clinton with a Confederate monument out in front. (Source: WAFB)
CLINTON, LA (WAFB) -

The statue of a nameless Confederate soldier standing in front of the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse is facing scrutiny. 

As many towns across the South consider removing or changing Confederate monuments, at least one resident in the quiet town of Clinton felt it was time the statue, built in 1909, be removed as well. 

Paul Jackson, Jr. drew up a proposal to move the statue from the courthouse lawn to the nearby Confederate cemetery and took it to the parish police jury. 

"It remains here with a message of segregating the black man. I think that's wrong," Jackson said in an earlier interview

However, when it was time for parish leaders to hear recommendations, the man leading the charge was absent. The small police jury room was filled with residents passionately arguing that the statue should stay. 

"This is our history, like it or not. Tearing it down would not hide anything," said one resident. 

In the end, the estimated $50,000 to $100,000 removal cost made parish leaders reluctant to move forward.  

"We don’t have a race problem. We don’t need one," said Police Jury President Louis Kent.  

With cries of "leave it alone," the proposal was effectively tabled. The statue will remain for now. 

However, Kent left open the possibility of letting voters settle the issue, if those who want to see it moved can collect enough signatures to put it on a ballot. 

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