NOLA City Council: ‘Harmony Circle’ proposed as new name for Lee Circle
“In 2022, we shouldn’t see monuments to white supremacy working to tear our country apart and treat our ancestors as less than human,” Councilman Harris said.
NEW ORLEANS – (The video above is from January 2022)
New Orleans District B Councilmember Lesli Harris pushed the city council to change the name to Lee Circle.
During Thursday’s council meeting, Harris proposed that the new name be “Harmony Circle” because she said the change would honor the values that truly matter to our city.
“In 2022, we shouldn’t see monuments to white supremacy working to tear our country apart and treat our ancestors as less than human,” Councilman Harris said. “The word harmony reflects the city of New Orleans, where we all come together to make our community whole, unique and joyful.”
The proposal, Order Cal. No. 33,687, has been widely discussed by the City Council’s Street Name Change Commission as part of its public engagement process. The proposal comes after the historic name change from Robert E. Lee Blvd. at Allen Toussaint Blvd.
“The reasons that necessitated the destruction of the Robert E. Lee Monument are the same reasons that Lee Circle needs to be renamed,” said state Rep. Royce Duplessis. “I’m proud to support Lee Circle’s renaming to Harmony Circle. Harmony is emblematic of New Orleans, as we celebrate the blending of our diversity as a strength.
In January, a sculpture created by New York artist Simone Leigh was placed at ground level in the circle. The 12-foot-tall art, Sentinel (Mami Wata) would be a tribute to the history and continued presence of African Diaspora traditions in New Orleans,” according to the Prospect.5 website.
“This city has such a rich, multicultural history. When we come together, we create something better, something more than these individual cultures and traditions. We create a New Orleans that we can all be proud and happy about. Harmony Circle gives us the opportunity to unite our people rather than divide them and will be a beacon for future generations,” said Mark Raymond, Jr., Vice Chairman of the City Council’s Street Naming Commission.
The article submitted will be voted on at a meeting of the municipal council at a later date.
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