Mitch Landrieu to appear on 60 Minutes about Confederate Monuments
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By Kevin Litten
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will appear on “60 Minutes” this Sunday to talk about his effort to remove Confederate monuments, and to give Anderson Cooper a look at what’s become of two sites where the statues once stood.
CBS News published a clip of the “60 Minutes” segment Thursday (March 8) showing the Robert E. Lee statue that once stood above Lee Circle and the P.G.T Beauregard statue crated in storage. The crate appears to be stored outside, as light streams through its seams, and Cooper and Landrieu enter through a door that appears to be outside a parking lot.
Landrieu announced Wednesday that he’s leaving the decision of what to do with the sites, where monuments of Lee, Beauregard and Jefferson Davis had been placed, to the next mayor, LaToya Cantrell. The statues were removed last spring, with the final one, Lee, coming down in May.
“Really what these monuments were, were a lie,” Landrieu told Cooper on “60 Minutes. “Robert E. Lee was used as an example to send a message to the rest of the country, and to all the people that lived here, that the Confederacy was a noble cause. And that’s just not true.”
The segment also examines the controversial process of removing Confederate monuments from Richmond, Va., which was the capital of the Confederacy. According to the CBS news release, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney tells “60 Minutes” that “The monuments are just a symbol of the effort to ensure African Americans stayed maybe not in physical bondage, but in bondage in political and economically in this country and in this city.”
Landrieu has appointed a design firm and the Foundation for Louisiana to conduct a public process to decide what should replace the Lee statue. He announced on Wednesday that the process would continue through the fall, and that there wouldn’t be monument replacements for the Liberty Place and Jefferson monuments. A flagpole will be placed at the site of the Jefferson monument and City Park Improvement Association will decide what should replace the Beauregard monument.
“60 Minutes” airs at 6 p.m. Central on Sunday.