Statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee removed from Dallas park




  • In Tech
  • 2017-09-15 05:34:56Z
  • By Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) -- Crews arranged by Dallas officials removed a statue of Robert E. Lee from a pedestal Thursday and carted it away from a park named for the Confederate general.

In an unannounced move, a large crane was brought through the city by a police escort to Lee Park, where it lifted the large statue from its pedestal late Thursday afternoon.

City officials said in a statement that an art conservator monitored the proper handling of the statue, and police tactical officers with automatic rifles provided security.

The statue was lowered onto a flatbed trailer for transport to an abandoned naval air station owned by the city on its western outskirts. It's expected to remain there until city officials decide the statue's future.

The 14-foot-tall, 6-ton statue depicting Lee on horseback flanked by an anonymous Confederate soldier was erected in what was originally called Oak Lawn Park. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the statue in 1936 as part of the Texas Centennial celebration.

The Dallas City Council voted Sept. 6 to remove the statue but was met with a series of delays, including a brief court stay obtained by a pro-Confederacy group and a collision between a semitrailer and a crane assigned to remove the statue.

The truck driver was killed.

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  • Peter Hopkin
    (2017-09-15 23:26:01Z)

    Watch out! All the fruit cakes have eyes set on George Washington & Thomas Jefferson

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  • Gerald
    (2017-09-16 02:59:49Z)

    I thought there was a law passed that no more of these American hero's were to be touched ! They are American Hero's and it didn't matter witch side they fought on because the war was not about slavery , it was about economics pure and simple , People with out the intelligence should learn History before it bites them in the butt !

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