Authorities in Dallas, Texas have removed a statue of Robert E. Lee from a pedestal in a park named for the Confederate general.
In a statement, the city’s mayor Mike Rawlings said the council had voted to tear down the four metre high monument which he described as a symbol of Injustice
Dallas Mayor— Ben Russell (@BenRussellNBC5) September 14, 2017
Mike_Rawlings</a> in response to those who balk at $450K+ cost to remove Gen. Robert E. Lee statue <a href="https://t.co/HrVU5kknlX">https://t.co/HrVU5kknlX</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCDFW">NBCDFW pic.twitter.com/aLENRETYKI
The move was unannounced but police were on hand to provide protection and an escort for the large crane that was brought to Lee Park.
Dallas City Council voted on September 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 semi-trailer and a crane assigned to remove the statue. The truck driver was killed.
When I moved to Dallas I wondered why there was still a park and statue honoring Robert E. Lee in the 21st century. Glad that’s now changed.— Stacy (@hello_stacy) September 15, 2017
It comes as month after a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia where white nationalists clashed with counter-protesters over the planned removal of a Lee statue.
One woman was killed during the protest when a suspected white nationalist drove a car into anti-racism demonstrators.
I’m embarrassed 4 my city of Dallas most disgraceful despicable moment n history. Liberals have ruined this once great city
Mike_Rawlings</a> <a href="https://t.co/SgpUrM23uZ">https://t.co/SgpUrM23uZ</a></p>— Robin S. Ph.D (robinlecronesco) September 15, 2017