Hurricane Laura topples Confederate statue in Lake Charles

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(KLFY) — A Confederate general has fallen victim to Hurricane Laura.

The South’s Defenders monument has stood since 1915 outside a courthouse in Lake Charles where local authorities recently voted 10-4 to keep it in place.

Critics call it a symbol of racism that glorifies slavery, but a Calcasieu Parish official said they asked for public comments, and got 878 written responses against relocating the monument, and only 67 in favor of moving it.

Now the pedestal is empty, and the Confederate statue is in pieces on the ground, victim to a Category 4 hurricane that struck the city early Thursday.

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