removed a statue of Confederate Gen. Alfred Mouton in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana,


David Markham
 

Louisiana city removes statue of Confederate general

Local authorities removed a statue of Confederate Gen. Alfred Mouton in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana, over the weekend, 99 years after it was donated by the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Mouton was a slave owner, civil engineer, and sugarcane grower. He was killed in the Battle of Mansfield in 1864. An organization called Move the Mindset pushed to have the statue removed, and the city of Lafayette joined in their legal battle last year. Before a trial was set to start on July 26, the United Daughters of the Confederacy signed a settlement to move the statue, with the city agreeing to pay $20,000 for a new base but not yet saying where the statue will go. [KLFY]