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(KLFY) — As plans were made to remove the confederate monument in front of the St. Landry Parish courthouse, a dispute of land ownership has challenged the process.
“If it doesn’t belong to the parish, then I don’t have the right to touch it. We had a date to take it down. We had everything planned out,” explained Parish President Jessie Bellard.
Bellard says a crew was on sight to remove the monument six months ago when they were stopped by an attorney representing the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The attorney said both the monument and the grounds it sits on were donated by the group.
“June 11, 1910. A petition from the United Veterans Camp No. 14, asking that a plot of ground on the northeast corner of the courthouse square be donated for the purpose of erecting a monument to the memory of General Mouton,” said attorney Thomas DeJean…