Request to remove Confederate statue in Port Allen denied by WBR council

WBR Parish Council denies request to move Confederate statue in Port Allen

PORT ALLEN, La. (WAFB) - A request by the Port Allen City Council to move a Confederate statue in the city has been denied by the West Baton Rouge Parish Council.

The Port Allen City Council unanimously voted Wednesday, July 8 in favor of a resolution that will request the West Baton Rouge Parish Council to move a Confederate statue in Port Allen to a local museum. However, the WBR council denied that request in a 6 to 3 vote during a meeting Thursday.

“It went the way it should have went. This statue has been here for God knows how long. Been here as long as I’ve lived here and that’s over 40 years and nobody has complained until now,” said Clyde Delafosse, a WBR Parish resident.

The statue of Henry Watkins Allen stands in front of the West Baton Rouge Parish Council Complex. If the parish council follows with a similar measure of their own, the statue would be moved to the West Baton Rouge Museum.

Henry Allen Watkins was the 17th governor of Louisiana.
Henry Allen Watkins was the 17th governor of Louisiana. (Source: westbatonrouge.net)

“I thought the vote was gonna’ go more favor to removing it, but what the council vote on, I take that and respect it and hope we’ll have more conversations about the vote and how we voted and maybe we could go forward with moving the statue later,” said Kenneth Gordon, West Baton Rouge councilman for District 5.

Allen, who is the namesake of the City of Port Allen, served as the Confederate governor of Louisiana from 1864 to 1865.

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