Confederate general’s statue on the move in Dallas
Dallas has 14-foot-tall work dedicated by FDR moved to abandoned naval air station
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.
Workers harness the Robert E. Lee statue to its trailer for its removal Thursday at Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas.
Frank Darvo protests as workers prepare to remove the statue. The city council voted Sept. 6 to take it down.