Supporters of a call to relocate the marble monument to Confederate Gen. Alfred Mouton are mobilizing via social media and email ahead of a Feb. 23 City-Parish Council Meeting during which the initiative will be publicly discussed for the first time.
Frank Crocco, a representative of the group Why Alfred, which has a presence on Facebook as well as a website and is leading the charge to move the monument from its present location in front of the old City Hall building at the Jefferson-Lee intersection to the grounds of the nearby Lafayette Museum, began circulating a flyer this week to supporters and calling on them to show up en masse to the council meeting.
“We’re hoping to pack the house in our favor, so we’ll need to get the word out,” Crocco writes.
Joining the Why Alfred group at the vanguard of the push to relocate the statue is Cajundome Director Greg Davis, who has characterized the monument, erected in 1922, as a painful reminder of the South’s Jim Crow era. The topic was the subject of the cover story, “A Monumental Question,” in the February issue of The Independent.