A statue of the American Civil War president Abraham Lincoln, along with a freed slave who looked like he was bowing at his feet, was dismantled in Boston.
The workers removed the Memorial of the Emancipation of Slaves, which has stood in its place in the park since 1879.
In late June, city officials agreed to demolish the memorial following numerous complaints.
Mayor Marty Walsh then admitted that the monument causes “discomfort” for local residents and visitors to the city.
Some have seen the figure of a topless black man standing up, shaking broken shackles from his wrists. But others perceived him as kneeling before a white liberator.