New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke to residents about the removal of confederate statues in the city in May. Four prominent monuments – the Battle of Liberty Place monument; the Jefferson Davis statue; the P.G.T. Beauregard equestrian statue; and the Robert E. Lee statue – were removed in April and May 2017.

Screen Shot 2017-07-08 at 11.20.52 AMMayor Landrieu said the statues were part of a movement known as “The Cult of the Lost Cause,” which wanted to rewrite history to hide the truth. “These monuments purposefully celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy; ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, and the terror that it actually stood for,” he said.

Video of his full speech can be viewed. The text of his speech was made available by the mayor’s office.