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Judge rejects effort to block Confederate statue's removal

In 2015, the city chose to take them down, and a US appeals court ruled in March that it had the right to proceed.

"I believe we must remember all of our history, but we need not revere it".

In other countries, monuments of former leaders are displayed with other statues to put them in historical context.

Quess Moore said he came out "to celebrate the victory in the battle against white supremacy, particularly in New Orleans".

In a statement, the city said it does not plan to announce removal plans or a timeline for the two remaining monuments - P.G.T. Beauregard at the entrance to City Park and Robert E. Lee at Lee Circle - due to the "widely known intimidation, threats, and violence".

In the dark of night, workers wearing masks and tactical vests arrived Monday at New Orleans' Battle of Liberty Place monument to take it down.

Two years ago, Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed an ordinance that prompted the removal and relocation of four confederate statues.

New Orleans is a predominantly black city of almost 390,000. The committee's next step was to obtain an injunction at Wednesday's hearing to stop the city from removing Beauregard. The statues were erected well before the civil rights era that brought African-Americans to political power.

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"We would have preferred it to be in the daytime", monument opponent Malcolm Suber told Kaplan-Levenson, "so everybody could see it in the light of day".

Landrieu, a white Democrat, was elected in 2010 and re-elected four years late with strong biracial support.

People against the removal of confederate era statues demonstrate across the street from the Jefferson Davis statue, in anticipation of its imminent removal in New Orleans, Thursday, May 11, 2017.

The decision to move the statues followed a lengthy public process that determined they "failed to appropriately reflect the values of diversity and inclusion that make New Orleans strong today", the city said.

The Davis and Beauregard monuments are among four in New Orleans that critics have been pushing to have dismantled.

Police watched supporters of the statue's removal - which was ordered by the city's mayor - and pro-monument Confederate-flag waving protesters taunt each other as crews nearby used a crane to remove the 8-foot bronze statue from its granite pedestal that has sat in Mid-city New Orleans for more than a century.

A New Orleans school, located near a monument that honors Confederate President Jefferson Davis, warned parents on Wednesday that the statue would be removed Thursday, according to an audio recording heard by ABC News.

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