A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit to stop the city from taking down the monument. The plaintiffs argued that their First Amendment rights had been violated.
Work to take down the statue began soon after the City Council passed a resolution that called for its immediate removal.
Officials at Washington National Cathedral announced a decision that they said had been made more urgent by the racially tinged violence in Charlottesville, Va.
The home that was a haven to the civil rights pioneer in the ’50s has secured a ticket back to the United States.
Unlike the Confederate memorials of yesteryear, erected in busy public squares, today’s are mostly appearing far from the bustle of daily life.