Expand New Orleans Duncan Plaza to Honor Civil Rights Activists

Expand New Orleans Duncan Plaza to Honor Civil Rights Activists

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New Orleans has many Civil Rights Activists and Community Leaders worthy of honoring. The appropriate place is Duncan Plaza in front of City Hall.

Examples: Avery Alexander's who organized a  boycott stance as a "lunch-counter sit-in" of 1963 in the basement of New Orleans City Hall. Along with several other activists, Alexander and his peer's goal was to not leave the segregated cafeteria until they had been served a meal or arrested. For five hours Alexander and his peers sat refusing to leave. It wasn't until Police arrived that Alexander and his cohorts were removed. Alexander specifically was televised being dragged by his heels up the basement's steps with his head banging on the staircase. 

Other suggestions: Leah Chase, Governor PBS Pinchback, Lt. Governor C.C. Antoine, Oretha Castle Haley, Ruby Bridges, Benjamin Montgomery, and Homer Plessey. 

On September 17, 1960, Castle and three of her fellow student-protesters were arrested for sitting in at the counter of McCrory's, a Canal Street five-and-dime store in New Orleans.[4] These protests were based on how stores in Central City "wouldn't hire black sales clerks or cashiers, in spite of the fact that the majority of customers in the shopping district were black".[5] Oretha Castle, Cecil Carter, Sydney Goldfinch and Rudy Lombard were charged with criminal mischief, "which makes it a crime to refuse to leave a place of business after being ordered to do so by the person in charge of the premises".[4] There were no laws particularly allowing racial segregation in businesses in the town, however public announcements explaining a zero tolerance on sit-in demonstrations by the Mayor and Superintendent of the police had been made.[4] Those charged were sentenced to a $350 fine and 60 days in prison, or if the fine could not be paid 120 days in prison.

 

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