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A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that was removed from a Dallas park in 2017 is now on full display at a West Texas golf course.
The statue is now visible at the Lajitas Golf Resort in Terlingua, Texas. Lajitas is currently owned by Dallas billionaire Kelcy Warren and managed by Scott Beasley, president of DWSB Resorts and Clubs. Beasley told the Houston Chronicle they display the statue for no purpose other than to preserve a "fabulous piece of art."
The statue was removed from a Dallas city park in 2017 after a city council vote. Dallas officials stored it at Hensley Field, a former Naval Air Station, before the Dallas city council approved the statue's sale through an online auction in 2019.
While authorities were hesitant to allow another party to own the statue, they agreed to the sale with two caveats. First, the statue had to be sold for more than the $450,000 cost Dallas paid to remove the statue. Second, the statue could not be displayed in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area.
Local attorney Addison Holmes purchased the statue, then donated it to Lajitas.
Black Lives Matter Houston activist Brandon Mack told the Houston Chronicle he takes issue with those who view the statue's display as merely art appreciation, saying, "We don't glorify the swastika. We don't have monuments (of) Adolf Hitler."
Beasley claims the resort rarely hears complaints about the statue.
The 1935 statue was made by Alexander Phimister Proctor and depicted Lee and another soldier on horseback. It is one of several Confederate statues that were removed in 2017. Other cities that removed monuments to Lee include Charlottesville and New Orleans.
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Original Author: Christopher Hutton