Con­fed­er­ate gen­eral’s statue on the move in Dal­las

Dal­las has 14-foot-tall work ded­i­cated by FDR moved to aban­doned naval air sta­tion

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Work­ers har­ness the Robert E. Lee statue and lift it onto a trailer for its re­moval Thurs­day at Robert E. Lee Park in Dal­las. It will be stored un­til the city de­cides its fate. The city coun­cil voted to re­move it Sept. 6, but a brief stay by a pro-Con­fed­er­acy group de­layed it.

DAL­LAS — 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. 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.

Nathan Hun­singer / Dal­las Morn­ing News

Nathan Hun­singer / Dal­las Morn­ing News

Work­ers har­ness the Robert E. Lee statue to its trailer for its re­moval Thurs­day at Robert E. Lee Park in Dal­las.

LM Otero / As­so­ci­ated Press

Frank Darvo protests as work­ers pre­pare to re­move the statue. The city coun­cil voted Sept. 6 to take it down.

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