Dallas City Council Discuss Options For Confederate Monument

Austin York
February 06, 2019 - 4:05 pm
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DALLAS (KRLD) - The city of Dallas heard options Wednesday for what to do with a Confederate monument.

Council members believe they have three options for dealing with the Confederate monument in Pioneer Cemetery, near the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Downtown Dallas.

City staff proposed that artist Lauren Woods "re-envision" the monument, in an effort to make it a learning tool. 

Most on the committee didn't like that idea.

"There is no statue honoring Hitler in Germany. So why do we need a statue honoring Confederate soldiers in the city of Dallas," said Councilman Kevin Felder.

Councilman Phillip Kingston agreed.

"I completely lack the imagination to see how there is any way to transform the negative nature of this monument."

Council members could vote to remove and store it. It’s estimated that would cost the city nearly half a million dollars. 

Councilman Rickey Callaghan thought that would be a waste.

"Survey's show that the majority of residents don't want the monument removed. Its a solution looking for a problem. A $480,000 problem," he says.

The council could vote to do nothing to the monument and keep it as it is.

It was moved to the cemetery in 1961 and has five Confederate statues honoring General Lee, Jackson and Johnston, as well as Confederate soldiers. The base also has tributes to Confederate seamen, infantry, cavalry and Southern women.