Louisiana Public Square: Symbol or Statement - History in Public Spaces

Airs Sunday, August 2, at 6 p.m. The recent controversy in South Carolina over displaying the Confederate battle flag has sparked a dialog across the nation on the appropriateness and appropriate places for this icons of the Civil War Era. Is the display of Civil War statues and flags in public justified or do they belong only in museums? After the racially motivated violence in Charleston, South Carolina, state governments around the South are reevaluating the display of the Confederate battle flag on public grounds. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is calling for input on the removal of Civil War memorials. What should be the role of state and local government in regulating these symbols? Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

How does free speech factor into the debate? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces.”