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Houston Group Wants Confederate Statue Removed; Mayor Turner Wants a Study First

A group of residents has asked to have the Spirit of the Confederacy statue at Sam Houston Park toppled.

The Spirit of the Confederacy is a bronze statue representing an angel with a sword and a palm branch. It was erected in the park by the Robert E. Lee Chapter #186 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in January 1908.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is asking for a study on whether confederate statues should be removed from city property.

Some residents have been urging the city to remove the Spirit of the Confederacy monument in Sam Houston Park downtown, and Turner responded at a City Council meeting on Tuesday: “History has its good. History has its bad. I think we should review our inventory and then make the most appropriate decision that’s in the best interest of our city, and does not glorify things we shouldn’t be glorifying.”

Turner highlighted that, in his view, no one wants to erase History but to provide proper context.

The Mayor’s staffers will give him a list of confederate statues on city property, along with recommendations for what steps the city should take, if any.

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