Supporters of Confederate-era monuments slated for removal in New Orleans launched a new court fight Monday to save one of them.
It was lowered on trucks and out of view of the media who had gathered on the scene.
Following demonstrations and lengthy legal wrangles, the statue is one of four monuments relating to the Confederacy that's in the process of being removed by the Louisiana city.
"This has gone on an inordinate amount of time", Judge Kern Reese said as he outlined reasons for his refusal to grant an injunction protecting the statue of Gen. P.G.T Beauregard.
It's the second of four confederate-era monuments to be removed from city landmarks.
Removal of the statue - a larger-than-life image of Davis atop an ornate granite pedestal roughly 15-feet high - follows recent protests at the site by supporters and opponents of the monuments. The obelisk was a tribute to whites who battled a biracial Reconstruction government installed in New Orleans after the Civil War. I believe more strongly today than ever that in New Orleans, we should truly remember all of our history, not some of it.
The fourth statue slated for removal is of Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army.
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The Liberty Place monument was taken down without advance notice in the dead of night by workers in masks and body armor.
Police had cordoned off the 6-foot tall bronze statue of Davis with a chain-link fence to keep protesters out.
Work crews removed the Jefferson Davis monument in less than an hour with a commanding police force in place just in case.
New Orleans is a predominantly black city of almost 390,000.
Critics of the monuments say they foster racism by celebrating leaders of the pro-slavery South during the US Civil War.
The victory in SC for proponents of removing Confederate symbols from public spaces, state emblems, colleges and historical sites preceded a wave of protest in the region, ultimately leading to decision to remove the statues in New Orleans. That message said the removal of the statue Thursday morning had been "confirmed", but did not indicate where that confirmation came from.
As workers slung a strap around the statue's waist and lifted it off its pedestal, "At least 100 people cheered from across the street, outnumbering the few dozen protesters, some waving Confederate flags", member station WWNO's Laine Kaplan-Levenson reports.
The statue stands in a roundabout at the entrance of City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art.