Work to remove the Confederate Monument from in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse is almost complete. But the workers got a surprise this weekend. While dismantling the monument, they found a time capsule hidden in the base of the structure.

Photo Courtesy of Twin Blends Photography
Photo Courtesy of Twin Blends Photography
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A crew from Twin Blends Photography was on the scene when the construction crews pulled a box from the structure.

Photo used with the permission of Jim Lanaghan.
Photo used with the permission of Jim Lanaghan.
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They put a drone up in the air and captured the amazing photos of the moment the steel box was pulled from the project.

Photo Courtesy of Twin Blends Photography
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Twin Blends Posted this message:

We immediately ran over and got the drone back up in the air and was able to see them removing the time capsule! We called our buddy Marty Loschen, curator at the Spring Street Museum, to come down as well as Bill Nichols, Technical Advisor with the United Daughters of the Confederacy. (That is the group that owns the monument).

The monument was erected on the site (prior to the courthouse being built) in 1905. Area residents have been calling for the removal of the monument for more than 10 years.

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The United Daughters of the Confederacy Issued This Statement:

“Officers of Shreveport Chapter will be taking possession of what we call “a Memory Box” that has been found in the Caddo Parish Confederate Monument. “The Memory Box will not be opened immediately; we will be waiting to open the box until we have expert conservation help for any fragile documents. “

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The Statement Adds:

“Our purpose is to collect and preserve all material for a truthful history of the Confederate States and to honor the memory of all men and women who served in the cause. The contents will be preserved; it is history. It might contain drawings and photographs from the sculptor Frank Teich detailing his artistic process in the realization of the chapter’s design.”

The group is expected to wait to open the box until expert conservation help can be called upon to prevent any of the documents inside the box to be preserved without any damage.

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