BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - After a fiery public debate and court battle, New Orleans is ready to move forward with removing four Confederate monuments from city property. Statues and monuments recognizing Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard, along with a statue of Jefferson Davis and a historical marker in memory of the Battle at Liberty Park will be taken down. The monuments would be put in a city owned warehouse until New Orleans decides what to do with them.
There is a movement on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to make a formal request to give the monuments a new life at Beauvoir in Biloxi. Greg Stewart, Executive Director of Beauvoir, and Gulfport City Councilman Ricky Dombrowski are working together on an idea to ask New Orleans officials to send the monuments to Beauvoir, the historic last home of Jefferson Davis.
"If they truly are going to let those monuments go, the better idea is to have them on display somewhere. There's no better place than Beauvoir," Stewart said.
There's no indication that New Orleans would agree to that. Dombrowski said it begins with an official request and that is already in the works with conversations involving several political entities on the coast.
"I started contacting my fellow council members and asked them how they feel about it. It's on the agenda next Tuesday to do a resolution to go over there. I've talked with Biloxi. They're positive. I think they'll do the same thing. I'm also working on Harrison County," Councilman Dombrowski said.
While symbols of the Confederacy on display in public places can be a topic of heated debate, Beauvoir is private property. If this comes together, and it's a long shot, how might the monuments be exhibited at Beauvoir?
"I would think Davis would be near the house. We have 52 acres, so Lee could be put anywhere and so could Beauregard," according to Greg Stewart.