Hurricane Laura damaged a Confederate monument in the heart of downtown Lake Charles. The monument which was damaged by Hurricane Laura had just been voted to be kept in place. However, the howling wind of Hurricane Laura had left thousands of people homeless.
Laura which had winds of 150 mph knocked off the 105-year-old statue when it made its landfall on Thursday morning.
A parish administrator for the Police Jury, Bryan Beam had claimed that he slept through the eyewall of Hurricane Laura in his office on Wednesday evening.
Beam’s son, Andrew, had told CNN that his father was greeted by the damaged monument when he stepped outside his office on Thursday morning.
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It’s gotten a lot of controversies lately because the Police Jury here voted not to remove it for historical reasons.Andrew
After George Floyd’s death, Confederate monuments have been the topic of discussion in the country. Two weeks ago, an elected body known as the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury voted 10 to 5 at a meeting to keep the monument in place.
The Lafayette Daily Advertiser had reported that a large number of people had wanted the monument to be kept in place and only a few had wanted it gone. After the votes, protesters started an economic boycott of any organization affiliated with the jury members who voted in favor of the monument
Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter had expressed his opinion about the future of the statue in June.
In the year 2020, a courthouse lawn is not the place for this monument. The statue should not be destroyed or erased. It should be relocated with thoughtfulness and modern context, and while I do not have the answer for where it should be relocated to, I am willing to be a part of a constructive conversation about this and how to move forward together.Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter