Statue of General Lee coming down in New Orleans on Friday

A New Orleans Police mounted patrol circles the statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard as the statue is prepared for removal from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans Tuesday

A New Orleans Police mounted patrol circles the statue of Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard as the statue is prepared for removal from the entrance to City Park in New Orleans Tuesday

The City of New Orleans began removing the P.G.T. Beauregard statue at the entrance to City Park Tuesday night and now all that remains is the pedestal where the Confederate General once stood mounted in his horse.

There is now one more monument that the city has set for removal, that of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which will surely be the most contentious removal.

"Bring it home", said Tom Payne, Executive Director at the Beauvoir, when he found out one of the Confederate statues taken down in New Orleans is of Jefferson Davis.

The city of New Orleans plans to take down the confederate statue on Friday, May 18, 2017, completing the southern citys removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive.

The push by southern cities to remove monuments and Confederate flags from public display follows the 2015 shooting at a predominantly black church in SC.

New Orleans will seek competitive proposals for new owners of two Confederate monuments and the Liberty Place monument, but they won't be able to display them outdoors in Orleans Parish.

Stoney wants to add historical context to the monuments so visitors and residents get a better idea who the statues depict and what they stood for.

Landrieu had proposed removing the monuments after the 2015 massacre of nine black parishioners at a SC church.

Unveiled in 1911, the memorial to the Confederacy's only president was on a green space in the Mid-City neighbourhood, the second monument removed. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority said Thursday afternoon that detours for the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar line would be in place around the roundabout until further notice.

Those removing the first two memorials generally wore bulletproof vests, helmets and face coverings to shield their identities as the work took place well after midnight to minimize attention.

"That's disgusting. Any of us from the south, it's a part of our heritage and it should be where it could be seen", said museum tourist Pat Cook.

The effort to remove the New Orleans monuments is part of larger controversy surrounding Confederate symbols in cities nationwide. "You take down this monument, and you're going to have a legacy of killing history". Some argue the monuments symbolize racial injustice and slavery.

The monument was shown off for the first time to a crowd of hundreds - most being relatives of Confederate veterans - during closing ceremonies for the annual convention and reunion of the Louisiana Division of United Confederate Veterans, The Picayune reported. It's an image of Lee standing tall in uniform, with his arms crossed defiantly, looking toward the northern horizon from atop a roughly 60-foot-tall column.

"To me, they are a historic landmark in the city, like a placeholder that has survived countless hurricanes", said a man who only identified himself as George.