There was a time when Robert E. Lee statue in New Orleans offended for different reason

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May 13, 2018 by Tom Aswell (Louisiana Voice)

Over the past couple of years, a lot was written about efforts to remove Confederate statutes in New Orleans because of the perception by some that the statutes glorified a chapter of this country’s history that approved of slavery. Those opposed to the statutes said they glorified a culture of oppression.

Included among those statute was one of Gen. Robert E. Lee, a West Point graduate who, though recruited by the Union, eventually cast his lot with the Confederacy.

To illustrate how customs and traditions can change, LouisianaVoice, in recently conducting research for what is hoped will be an upcoming book on a completely different subject, stumbled across an interesting story in a Baton Rouge Morning Advocate from way back on Nov. 4, 1953—almost 65 years ago.

Just goes to show you never can tell what is going to strike a nerve with some people.

With today’s trend moving in a definitive direction away from honoring those associated with the losing side of the Civil War, could it be just a matter of time before the names of towns like Stonewall, Jackson, Leesville, Dixie Inn, Longstreet and the parishes of Jackson, Beauregard, and Jefferson Davis will undergo name changes?

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