Controversial statue demolished in 2017 reappears on Texas golf course


A statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee that was removed from a park in Dallas is now on display on a golf course in West Texas.

The bronze sculpture of Lee and a mounted soldier was removed from Dallas Park in 2017 and then sold at an online auction.

He now resides at the Lajitas Golf Resort in Terlingua, in the western part of the state.

The 27,000-acre resort is owned by Dallas billionaire and pipeline guru Kelcy Warren and managed by Scott Beasley, president of Dallas-based WSB Resorts and Clubs.

They received the statue as a donation in 2019.

The 1935 Alexander Phimister Proctor sculpture was among statues of the Confederate leader placed across the country that ended up being removed from public view after the violence in Charlottesville, Va., In 2017.

It had been stored at a former Dallas Naval Air Station until its sale in 2019, according to city council documents, with local media reporting it cost $ 1.4 million (£ 1million).

The community of Terlingua in Texas has a small population of just 100 and is located near the Rio Grande.

Data shows that the village has no black residents.

Club manager Mr Beasley told the Houston Chronicle that the sculpture was there only to be preserved, calling it a “fabulous work of art” and saying critics were “uneducated.”

“I would say that out of the more than 60,000 guests we welcome each year, we have had one or two negative comments,” he added.

However, Black Lives Matter Houston activist Brandon Mack does not believe the statue is just there to be preserved or to serve as an “art appreciation”, adding that the same arguments are not made for other offensive symbols throughout history.

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The Confederacy was a military force in 19th century America, which fought the government to maintain the institution of slavery during the American Civil War, and was widely seen as a white supremacist and a symbol of racism.

He was eventually defeated, but flags, symbols and badges can still be seen controversially in parts of the country today, particularly in the southern states, from which the military was operating.


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