City officials vote to keep Confederate statue standing — Hurricane Laura blows it down

Photo credit: Bryan Bream

On August 13, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury voted to keep a Confederate monument in Lake Charles, Louisiana, standing at the spot in front of a courthouse where it stood since 1915.

But after Hurricane Laura ripped through the area Thursday morning, the “South’s Defenders” monument was torn from its base.

According to critics, the monument was a glorification of slavery. Photos posted to Twitter show the statue on the ground next to the pedestal where it once stood.

[Featured image credit: Bryan Bream]

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