The statue of a confederate soldier was removed from outside the University of Louisville campus on Saturday after the city won a months long legal battle to relocate the controversial monument.
The removal came after Louisville mayor Greg Fischer and then-University of Louisville President James Ramsey announced their intention in April to take down the monument, which had long been considered controversial at the school.
In recent years, students and staff raised concerns that the memorial, which honored confederate soldiers, condoned slavery.
“The stain of slavery and racism that this monument represents for many, many people has no place in a compassionate, forward leaning city,” said Fischer in a statement earlier this year.
However a group of residents and the Sons of Confederate Veterans opposed any tampering with the monument, and brought suit against the city of Louisville to stop them.