Opposition Group Rises in Effort to Slow Dallas City Council Vote on Robert E. Lee Statue

Opposition Group Rises in Effort to Slow Dallas City Council Vote on Robert E. Lee Statue

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A new group is making a last-ditch effort to keep the Gen. Robert E. Lee statue standing in an Oak Lawn park.

Dallas Citizens for Unity and Reconciliation hopes the City Council will hold off on its scheduled vote Wednesday on a resolution that calls for the immediate removal of the Lee Park monument while a task force deliberates on what to do about the city’s other Confederate symbols.

“It looked like it was just moving too fast,” said Hank Tatum, one of the group’s leaders. “We wanted to slow the train down a little bit.”

Tatum said the sculpture of Lee and a young soldier astride horses “is a handsome statue” that doesn’t deserve the bum’s rush. Continue reading →