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Louisiana city council votes to remove Confederate monument

The Confederate Statue stands outside of the Rapides Parish Courthouse in Alexandria, Louisiana. (6/29/2020)
The Confederate Statue stands outside of the Rapides Parish Courthouse in Alexandria, Louisiana. (6/29/2020)(KALB)
Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 9:50 AM CDT
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A Louisiana city has voted to remove a Confederate monument from its location in front of a courthouse.

News outlets report the Alexandria City Council voted Tuesday to remove the statue, which sits on the Rapides Parish Courthouse’s front lawn. The monument can’t be moved until a court decides who owns the statue. City officials said they believe Alexandria owns it, but no records have been found to confirm the ownership. The city’s attorney has filed a petition asking a court to declare Alexandria the owner.

The vote came one day after a United Daughters of the Confederacy chapter in Shreveport agreed to let Caddo Parish move a Confederate monument there.

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