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Bishop: Move the statue

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Posted at 11:42 AM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 12:42:22-04

Lafayette's Bishop has expressed his support for the removal of the Alfred Mouton statue.

Here's a statement the Diocese sent us this morning:

Bishop Douglas Deshotel of the Diocese of Lafayette supports the decision of Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory to look for another location for the statue of General Alfred Mouton. Public monuments on public property should benefit the well-being of all citizens. African-Americans, who are citizens of Lafayette, should not be reminded of the painful suffering of slavery, segregation and Jim Crow laws by a city owned monument on city owned property. The growing call for healing, justice and equality should awaken in all of us the nobility of those goals.

St. Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “I urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received with all humility and gentleness, striving to preserve the unity of spirit through the bond of peace.”

Yesterday, Guillory announced that he has instructed city lawyers to do everything they can to facilitate moving the statue from its current home on city property downtown.

To read that story, click here.