Historians who study the memory of the Civil War by neoConfederate groups categorize this monument and others as a representation of The Cult of the Lost Cause, a reference to the idea that the Southern cause of defending antebellum culture and institutions, including slavery, was just. Those who defend the monument today typically deny the connection between secession and slavery.
In recent years, more and more Americans view this kind of celebratory monument and others that attempt to lionize Confederate leaders as remnants of white supremacy. Supporters of the monument said it symbolizes Southern heritage and argue that removing the monument is tantamount to deleting history.
Complicating the issue, there are also legal questions about whether the parish has the authority to remove the monument. Defenders of the monument argue that the courthouse square belongs to the descendants of Larkin Edwards, a friend of the Caddo Indians who sold much of the land that was the original Shreveport. However, there is no record that proves Edwards ever sold the land that is now the courthouse square.
On October 20, 2017, the Caddo Parish Commissioners voted to remove the controversial Confederate monument from the Caddo Parish Courthouse. The 7-5 decision came after nine months of community meetings and heated debate that continued during the commission meeting. Members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the women's organization that erected the monument in the early 1900s, hopes that a federal judge will block removal. The prospect of a Confederate heritage organization requesting federal assistance, like the monument itself, demonstrates that historical perspectives change over time. In July 2018, a federal judge dismissed the UDC's lawsuit and supported the local government's decision to remove the monument.