Protesters Call For Removal Of Confederate Statue In Port Allen

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Dozens of protesters are calling for the removal of a statue of Henry Watkins Allen in Port Allen.

Activists say the statue memorializing Allen, a slave owner who served as Louisiana's 17th governor, is a painful reminder of slavery and of the racial injustices that have endured since abolition.

They added that they will continue protesting until the statue is gone.

The statue's removal would require approval from the West Baton Rouge Parish Council, which has jurisdiction of the monument that sits across from the parish courthouse, between a library and government offices.

Port Allen Mayor Richard Lee said he plans to write a resolution to bring before the West Baton Rouge Parish Council to remove the statue.

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