In response to the disgraceful actions of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and the City Council that voted on December 17, 2015 to remove the historic monuments of General Robert E. Lee, General P.G.T. Beauregard and President Jefferson Davis, and after limited, unsuccessful legal actions to prevent their removal , the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans does hereby call for a Boycott of the City of New Orleans. The Georgia Division encourages all its Members and their families in Georgia and Nationally, their supporters and our fellow Citizens of Georgia to cease all plans to visit or do any business with the City of New Orleans.
The Georgia Division strongly condemns New Orleans Mayor Landrieu’s and the City Council’s actions of hate and contempt aimed directly at the history and heritage of New Orleans and all Southern people. We, as descendants of Southern Soldiers are offended and insulted by the removal of these historic monuments. This is a perfect example of the divisive and contentious, offensive actions that individuals like the New Orleans Mayor and the City Council continue to perpetrate that intentionally seek to bring discord and division among the people of our great Nation. There is absolutely no difference between the terrorist actions of the New Orleans Mayor and City Council and those of the Taliban and ISIS in their on-going endeavor to destroy the cultural and historical heritage in the lands they occupy and the foundational principles of all mankind.
Whereas, the Robert E. Lee Monument dedicated in 1884 in New Orleans, Louisiana is an historic monument dedicated to Confederate General Robert E. Lee and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and
Whereas, the Dignitaries present at the Robert E. Lee Monument dedication on February 22, 1884 , George Washington’s birthday — included former Confederate President Jefferson Davis, two daughters of General Lee, and Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard; and
Whereas, the Confederate General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard’s equestrian statue stands at the main entrance to City Park and was officially unveiled in 1915, designed by New York sculptor Alexander Doyle and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; and
Whereas, P.G.T. Beauregard was a Louisiana native, who was trained at West Point and served as an engineer in the US-Mexican War and as a general in the Confederate Army, and commanded defenses at Fort Sumter at the onset of the war and led troops in several battles; and
Whereas, after the war, Beauregard served as president of the New Orleans and Carrollton Railroad, an interstate railroad, and advocated for increased civil rights and suffrage for recently freed slaves; and
Whereas, the Jefferson Davis Monument, that was dedicated on February 22, 1911 at the intersection of Canal Street and Jefferson Davis Parkway, popularly known as the Jeff Davis Monument, the 6-foot, 4-inch full-length bronze representation of Jefferson Davis, the former President of the Confederacy from 1861-1865; and
Whereas, the Mayor and the City Council of New Orleans voted on December 17, 2015 to remove the historic monuments of General Robert E. Lee, General P.G.T. Beauregard and President Jefferson Davis and this despicable action was reconfirmed by Federal U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier on January 26, 2016 when he ruled that the city of New Orleans can relocate the statues, and carried out in May, 2017, and;
Whereas, the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans’ Charge is to protect and preserve the glorious history of the Southland, the good name of the Confederate Soldier, his banners and monuments; and
Whereas, the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans strongly condemns any interfering with any Monuments or displays that honor our Nation’s Veterans and their leaders and condemns the actions of the Mayor and the City Council of New Orleans who are acting in the same manner as terrorist groups like the Taliban and ISIS who are engaged in the destruction of cultural and historical heritage;
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans does hereby declare a Boycott of the City of New Orleans and encourages all Members and their families in Georgia and Nationally, as well as all Americans to cease all plans to visit or do any business in or with the City of New Orleans and any businesses located within the boundaries of the City of New Orleans.
Furthermore, the Georgia Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans acknowledges the previous call for a boycott of New Orleans, Louisiana, by the Executive Committee of the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, as well as the boycott of New Orleans called by Thos. V. Strain Jr., the Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans on April 26, 2017; and encourages all camps and individuals to make donations to the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum located in New Orleans, Louisiana, the home of one of the largest collections of Confederate memorabilia in the United States.