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.
Mayor 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.