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UDC Tells Caddo Commission They Will Not Pay For Confederate Removal

Courtesy: Caddo Parish Commission

CADDO CONFEDERATE MONUMENT-   In response to a recent vote to allocate funds for the relocation of a Confederate Monument that sits on the Caddo Parish Courthouse grounds, a representative of the United Daughters of the Confederacy told Caddo Parish commissioners  to not budget for the relocation, and that the UDC is not going to fund the relocation either.   During the Caddo Commission’s meeting last Thursday evening,   Jackie Nichols — spokesperson for the Shreveport chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy — said  during public comment:  the  monument removal and relocation  amount  the commission has  budgeted  isn’t nearly enough.

"Our expert witness places the cost of the removal and reassembly of the Confederate monument to be in excess of $1.2 million dollars," explained Nichols. "The cmmission only intends to budget less than half of the job."

Credit Courtesy: Caddo Commission
Courtesy: Caddo Commission
Janice Nichols, spokeswoman for United Daughters of the Confederacy - Shreveport, LA Chapter

Earlier in the week, a Caddo Commission committee voted to recommend setting aside half a million dollars in next year's budget for the purpose of relocating the monument.  The Confederate Monument sits on the Caddo Parish Courthouse  property  and a federal judge has ruled the Caddo Commission has the right to remove the monument.  The  Commission  is scheduled to vote on the matter in early December.  

Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years' broadcast and media experience to Red River Radio. He began his career as a radio news reporter and transitioned to television journalism and newsmagazine production. Chuck studied mass communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.