NEW ORLEANS (AP)
New Orleans is poised to make a sweeping break with its past as it considers removing prominent Confederate monuments from some of its busiest streets.
Passionate voices have weighed in on both sides of a City Council measure that goes to a vote Thursday. A majority of council members and the mayor support removing four major monuments, which would be one of the strongest gestures yet by American city to sever ties with Confederate history.
New Orleans reflects the national mood. Confederate iconography is being questioned and in some cases erased around the country following what police described as a white supremacist's shooting of nine black people inside a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina.