A Houston museum dedicated to conserving African American culture says its decision to display a more than 100-year-old Confederate statue is about providing Black Americans with a way to confront slavery’s painful legacy. (Aug. 18)
JOHN GUESS JR: This was commissioned in 1908 by the Robert E. Lee chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, and it was placed before Inheritance Park in Houston, Texas. And yet, it came here with the stipulation that this was to honor heroes of the South who fought for States' rights. Well, that's-- now that's rewriting history.
We now have the chance to dialogue with that history and say something about it. No, this was really about slavery.
As the first and only African-American cultural asset to have a Confederate monument, and our stipulation was simply that we didn't want an individual. We wanted something like this, the spirit of the Confederacy. That's like the philosophy of white supremacy.