The statue is the second of four monuments the city of New Orleans is removing following its decision that they did not "appropriately reflect the values of diversity and inclusion that make New Orleans strong today". "But we'll take this". The process took over four hours with a heavy police presence, as protesters both for and against the removal demonstrated.
Confederacy statues and flags have been removed from public spaces across the United States since 2015, after a white supremacist murdered nine black parishioners at a SC church.
As the statue was lifted from its perch on a grassy median along one of the city's main thoroughfares, a cheer went up from some of the dozens of protesters on the scene who have been pushing for the monument's removal.
Earlier, some monument supporters chanted, "President Davis", and one man saluted the statue.
Congratulations to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; he is nearly there.
The Liberty Place monument, a tribute to whites who battled a biracial Reconstruction government installed in New Orleans after the Civil War, was removed in April.
The Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard statue the Robert E. Lee memorial will be the next memorials to come down. The Davis monument stood at the intersection of the parkway that bears his name and Canal Street. Unveiled in 1884, the monument is on a mound at a traffic circle - Lee Circle - that splits historic St. Charles line and the rail line on which 1920s-era streetcars rumble by. But Landrieu and his allies say the monument and others like it are holding New Orleans back by celebrating the "Cult of the Lost Cause", referring to the Confederacy's deadly and doomed fight against the Union.
In a press release, he stated: "These monuments have stood not as historic or educational markers of our legacy of slavery and segregation, but in celebration of it".
Those who want the monuments to remain include the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which has urged its members and supporters to hold vigils at the statues to prevent their removal. I believe we must remember all of our history, but we need not revere it. However, that doesn't mean we must valorize the ugliest chapters, as we do when we put the Confederacy on a pedestal - literally - in our most prominent public places.
The council voted to remove the monuments in 2015 - part of the national response after nine black parishioners were shot to death by an avowed racist at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier that year.