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A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was taken down in New Orleans

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A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was taken down in New Orleans early Thursday morning, reports USA Today.

The faces of crew members working on Thursday to remove the statue were obscured with masks to protect their identities. Dozens of proponents and opponents of the statue's removal gathered to either support or protest the statue's removal. 

The statue is the second of four Confederate monuments slated for removal in New Orleans. 

The mayor of New Orleans tweeted about the statue's removal. 

The Confederate monument removal project began in 2015, but was tied up in courts due to legal challenges until recently. 

A legal challenge was actually heard on Wednesday morning to dispute the status of the P.G.T. Beauregard monument in City Park in New Orleans. 

The Robert E. Lee statue in the center of Lee Circle is also slated for removal. That statue has been the site of large demonstrations by groups pulling for the statue to be removed. 

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