‘Lots of talk’ deputy mayor discusses Confederate monuments and Welcome Table New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - The seemingly endless debate for how to handle the controversial Confederate monuments in New Orleans is now one step closer to a resolution.

With guidance from Judy Reese Morse, New Orleans Deputy Mayor, community members engaged in a round table discussion aimed at letting their opinions be both listened to and heard.

"I think the process really allowed us to see a lot of different perspectives. It truly was diverse in all aspects of that word. Not just racially diverse but age and background and profession," said participant Jade Brown Russell.

It's part of Welcome Table New Orleans, a city-wide initiative that focuses on race, reconciliation and community building.

"Lots of talk and lots of very passionate feelings about this issue and we wanted to have this process because it provided a safe and civil and respectful space for people with different perspectives to come together," said Deputy Mayor Judy Reese Morse.

The Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle, the Jefferson Davis statue on Jefferson Davis Parkway, the PGT Beauregard equestrian statue on Esplanade Avenue, and the Battle of Liberty Place Monument at Iberville Street are all flagged for potential removal.

The Human Rights Campaign and Historic District Landmark are planning public hearings, as is the city council.

The city council will make the ultimate decision about the future of the monuments.