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Houston Rally Will Call for Removal of Confederate Statue

The Houston chapter of Black Lives Matter is organizing a rally Saturday to call for the removal of The Spirit of the Confederacy statue and other Confederate monuments from public property.

"The Spirit of the Confederacy" Statue
“The Spirit of the Confederacy” statue in Sam Houston Park downtown, erected in 1908.

The local chapter of Black Lives Matter is calling on Houston to take down Confederate statues. Organizers of a rally Saturday (Aug. 19) afternoon at Sam Houston Park downtown say they want the city to remove ‘The Spirit of the Confederacy” statue and other Confederate monuments from public property.

We talk with Ashton Woods, representative of the Houston chapter of Black Lives Matter, and Larry Satterwhite, assistant chief with the Houston Police Department, about how the organizers and the city are preparing.

  • A plaque adorning "The Spirit of the Confederacy" statue in Sam Houston Park downtown. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    A plaque adorning "The Spirit of the Confederacy" statue in Sam Houston Park downtown. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
  • "The Spirit of the Confederacy" statue in Sam Houston Park downtown, erected in 1908. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)
    "The Spirit of the Confederacy" statue in Sam Houston Park downtown, erected in 1908. (Photo Credit: Michael Hagerty)

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