The Statue of General Robert E. Lee is Moved Again in Texas

Tom Handy

A statue of General Robert E. Lee was removed from a park in Dallas, Texas and now sits near the Mexican border. The statue was relocated to a Texas resort.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the statue is now at the Lajitas Golf Resort in Terlingua, in West Texas.

The 27,000-acre resort is privately owned by Dallas billionaire and pipeline mogul Kelcy Warren. The resort is managed by Scott Beasley, the president of Dallas-based WSB Resorts and Clubs. They received the statue as a donation in 2019.

Warren has been the focus of protesters in the past for his oil company encouraged fears of environmental damage and damage to Native American lands. Past footage of the 2016 demonstrations over the Dakota Access Pipeline along the North Dakota-South Dakota border, showed Native Americans sprayed with water cannons in freezing weather.

The 1935 sculpture by Alexander Phimister Proctor was among several Lee monuments around the U.S. that were removed from public view amid the fallout over racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

Scott Beasley manages the golf resort and said they were just preserving a piece of art.

I would say that of the 60-plus-thousand guests we host each year, we’ve had one or two negative comments,” he said.

Black Lives Matter Houston activist Brandon Mack wondered if the same would occur for other historical figures. He took issue with supporters of Lee who argue that the statue is merely “an appreciation for art”. Mack wondered whether the same defense would be used for other offensive symbols from history, or if that’s reserved for glorifying the oppression of Blacks.

We don’t glorify the swastika; we don’t have monuments (of) Adolf Hitler,” he said.

Who was General Robert E. Lee?

General Lee was one of the top Confederate generals and graduated second in his class at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Lee didn’t have a large plantation but his wife, Mary Custiss Washington, inherited a slave from her father in 1857.

Additionally, Lee soon owned hundreds of slaves through his wife’s inheritance. Some reports state Lee was harsh to the slaves that caused some to revolt.

The statue is located in Brewster County near Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande. The town of Terlingua has less than 100 residents and no record of Black residents, according to recent census data.

It is unlikely there will be many protests about the statue of General Lee.

Do you think the resort should house the statue of General Lee?

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