"If moving the statue of an individual who was very undeserving of the honor of standing in a place of honor where people would have a false impression of why he was there"
A settlement signed by the united daughters of the confederacy agreed to let the city of lafayette move a statue of confederate gen. Alfred Mouton from public property. Fred Prejean believes this is movement in the right direction.
"I personally am proud to be here and thank you for the attention that you're giving to this moment where the statue is permanently being moved"
The United Daughters have 45 days to provide the city in writing with the new location for the statue.
Clancy Ratliff is a member of move the mindset a group where 16 members sought to have the statue removed.
"I feel great about this day that the people of Lafayette government of lafayette is listening to us and something that we've wanted for a very long time"
For many like Alex Johnson this decision is long overdue.
"General mouton statue is reflective of death oppression and in 2021 if we need anything else it's not more death and oppression so our community is coming together to move to a higher level of understanding"
If the United Daughters of Confederacy don't comply with the demands within 45 days the settlement is void and the city will remove and dispose of the statue as it sees fit Don Mitchell hopes to see lafayette continue to move in a positive direction.
"I would like to see lafayette do better in regards to helping people in need that's what elected officials are for"