"I am here to witness this debacle, taking down this 106-year-old attractive monument", said Pierre McGraw, president of the Monumental Task Committee, which restored the statue as one of its first projects 29 years ago.
The Monumental Task Committee hoped a civil suit filed Tuesday would stop the city from removing the monument to the confederate general.
Multiple protesters were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace on Sunday after a fight broke out at an event held to celebrate the removal of the Liberty Place monument.
Workers wore helmets as well as what appeared to be tactical vests and face masks.
Confederacy statues and flags have been removed from public spaces across the U.S. since 2015, after a white supremacist murdered nine black parishioners at a SC church.
"These monuments have stood not as historic or educational markets of our legacy of slavery and segregation but in celebration of it", said Landrieu in a press release. I believe more strongly today than ever that in New Orleans, we should truly remember all of our history, not some of it.
"To literally put the Confederacy on a pedestal in some of our most prominent public places is not only an inaccurate reflection of our past, it is an affront to our present, and a bad prescription for our future", Landrieu said. "We should not be afraid to confront and reconcile our past".
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Late last month, the first monument - a 35-foot-tall granite obelisk - was removed by masked workers under cover of darkness.
Quess Moore said he came out to watch the monument be taken down "to celebrate the victory in the battle against white supremacy particularly in New Orleans".
"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. Also slated for removal is the statue of Robert E. Lee at the city's iconic Lee Circle.
They say documents show the statue belongs to a state agency that oversees the park where the statue is located. That location was the site of a large demonstration by groups dedicated to removing the monuments. In 2015, the city decide to remove them and in March, a USA appeals court ruled that city had the right to proceed.
"Behind the barricade, everybody behind the barricade", says one New Orleans police officer. The City Council, now majority black, voted 6-1 to take the monuments down.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office said the statues will go to storage while the city looks for a suitable venue to display them, such as a museum.
Protesters gather before a monument of Jefferson Davis is removed in New Orleans on Thursday.