Lafayette Mayor-President moves to exclude Daughters of Confederacy from lawsuit over Mouton statue

Posted at 3:26 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 16:26:54-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory has asked the 15th Judicial District Court to exclude the United Daughters of the Confederacy from a lawsuit that seeks to move the statue of Confederate Gen. Alfred Mouton from Downtown Lafayette.

According to court records, Guillory is asking the court to exclude UDC from the lawsuit because they have no longer have a right to the statue after having donated it to the city in 1922.

The document states that UDC commissioned and then unconditionally donated the marble statue of Mouton to the city where it was placed on city-owned property at the intersection of Jefferson Street and Lee Avenue, where it still remains.

The property was also donated to the city by Mouton's descendants.

A court order preventing the removal of the statue remains in effect. The injunction was put into place back in 1980 when the city tried to move the statue to the new city hall on St. Landry Street.

Last year, a group of Lafayette residents sued to have that injunction lifted.

Earlier this month, Guillory announced plans to move the statue.

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