WATCH: Jefferson Davis Statue Removed in New Orleans

Statue of Jefferson Davis taken down in New OrleansRemoval met with both protests and chants of 'take him down'2017-05-11T12:58:28.000Z

The city of New Orleans, Louisiana has removed a large Jefferson Davis statue, taking it down under the cover of darkness to ward off threats.

You can watch the statue come down above as workers tied large yellow strips of cloth to it.

Here’s another view:

Watch Confederate Jefferson Davis monument taken down in New OrleansAt roughly 5:15 a.m. on May 11, a crane lifted the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from its pedestal in New Orleans. The Davis statue is one of four such monuments being removed. Read: "Jefferson Davis statue in New Orleans removed early Thursday" at http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/05/jefferson_davis_statue_in_new_1.html2017-05-11T11:03:40.000Z

The statue came down in the early morning hours of May 11 as supporters and opponents of its removal squared off, some waving American and Confederate flags. According to NBC, four Confederate statues are being removed overall in Louisiana after legal battles.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu supported the New Orleans’ statue’s removal, drawing the ire of protesters, NBC reported. According to the network, workers removed the statue in the dead of night to reduce the chances of problems.

Various news outlets were at the scene and captured different vantage points of the moment.

Watch again: Jefferson Davis statue removed from baseHere's a look at the removal of the Jefferson Davis monument in Mid-City. It's the second Confederate monument the city planned for removal. Subscribe to WDSU on YouTube now for more: http://bit.ly/1n00vnY Get more New Orleans news: http://wdsu.com Like us: http://facebook.com/wdsutv Follow us: http://twitter.com/wdsu Google+: https://plus.google.com/+wdsu2017-05-11T10:51:15.000Z

CNN reports that the statue “was lifted shortly after 5 a.m. (6 a.m. ET),” as supporters of its removal chanted “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye,” and opponents stood nearby with Confederate flags.

The City of New Orleans had a Davis statue because Davis lived in New Orleans following the Civil War and died in the city in 1889, CNN reports. In 2004, “the words ‘slave owner’ were painted on the base of the monument,” according to CNN.

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A New Orleans city worker wearing body armor and a face covering as he measures the Jefferson Davis monument on May 4, 2017 in New Orleans. (Getty)

The 6-foot tall bronze statue was removed by workers using green plastic and yellow straps, CNN reported.

The Davis statue isn’t the only one coming down in New Orleans as supporters of the removal say the city should not honor in any way an era that celebrated white supremacy; New Orleans is also planning to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee and P.G.T. Beauregard, a Confederate general, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper reports that efforts to expunge Confederate remembrances from public spaces across the United States escalated after the mass slaying at a black church in South Carolina.