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Mayor Mitch Landrieu to give remarks on removal of four Confederate statues

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NEW ORLEANS, La. -

On Friday, May 19, 2017, at 3 p.m., Mayor Mitch Landrieu will give remarks about the City of New Orleans’ efforts to remove monuments that prominently celebrate the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy.” The statues were erected decades after the Civil War to celebrate the “Cult of the Lost Cause,” a movement recognized across the South as celebrating and promoting white supremacy. 

There are four prominent monuments in question. The Battle of Liberty Place monument, which was removed four weeks ago, was erected by the Crescent City White League to remember the deadly insurrection led by white supremacists against the City’s racially integrated police department and government. The Jefferson Davis statue on Jefferson Davis Parkway was removed last week. The P.G.T. Beauregard equestrian statue on Esplanade Avenue at the entrance to City Park was removed Wednesday, and the statue slated to come down next is the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle.

This event is invitation only, and NOT open to the public. A live video stream will be available here.  

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