Final Confederate monument to come down in New Orleans

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in Lee Circle in New Orleans. The city of New Orleans

Pro-monument protesters gather as the Confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard is removed Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from the entrance to City

New Orleans police keep watch over pro-monument protesters and anti-monument protesters Tuesday, May 16, 2017, as the Confederate gener

A statue of Confederate general P.G.T. Beauregard is removed just after 3 a.m. Central Standard Time Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from the

Anti-monument protesters Rose Hunter, left, and her son, Deshaun Washington make their case with pro-monument supporters, right, near t

The city of New Orleans is taking down a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, completing the Southern city's removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive.

Lee commanded Confederate armies against the United States in the Civil War and is a revered figure among supporters of the old South. But the Louisiana city will take down a prominent statue of Lee on Friday.

City officials are trying to divorce New Orleans from symbols celebrating the Confederacy. Many Southern areas have done the same since nine black parishioners were fatally shot in 2015 by an avowed racist at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

New Orleans has already removed statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. Crews also took down a monument memorializing a deadly white supremacist uprising in 1874.