Earlier in the day, Mayor Mitch Landrieu reiterated that he would not discuss the timeline for the statue's removal due to security concerns in the wake of threats that have been leveled at contractors and city employees involved in the job.
A last-ditch effort to block the removal of a monument to a Confederate general in New Orleans has landed in court.
The protests come as the city plans to remove three remaining Confederate monuments - to Lee, Confederate Gen. P.G.T Beauregard and Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis.
The first of the monuments was removed last month, with the aim of relocating it elsewhere. It honored the Crescent City White League, which battled the racially integrated local government after the Civil War.
Work crews removed the Jefferson Davis monument in less than an hour with a commanding police force in place just in case.
They say documents show the statue belongs to a state agency that oversees the park where the statue is located. "I believe we must remember all of our history, but we need not revere it", he added.
It is easily the most prominent of the statues: Lee standing, in uniform, arms crossed defiantly, looking toward the northern horizon from atop a roughly 60-foot-tall pedestal.
Morris Jeff Community School staff sent out a recorded message late Wednesday to parents, saying that the New Orleans Police Department had confirmed that the Jefferson Davis monument would be removed overnight.
Over 700 people opposed to and in support of the removal of the Confederate figures attended a rally in New Orleans at Lee Circle on Sunday.
Landrieu aired his plan to remove the four Confederate monuments a week after the Charleston church massacre of 2015, when nine black worshippers were killed by a white gunman who had displayed a Confederate flag. In 2015, the city decide to remove them and in March, a US appeals court ruled that city had the right to proceed. Demonstrators both for and against the removal of Confederate era statues had gathered at the site.
In fact, a legal challenge was heard Wednesday morning on the status of the P.G.T. Beauregard monument, which sits at the entrance to City Park.
Dozens of police officers arrive as demonstrators both for and against the removal of confederate era monuments, wait for the impending removal of the Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans, Thursday, May 11, 2017. The monument's supporters at that point watched mostly in silence, some holding up Confederate banners. The lawsuit, filed by Richard Marksbury in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, says the city can not legally take down the statue of because it does not own the memorial or the land it's on.