HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Thursday he plans to relocate two Confederate statues from Houston parks in commemoration of Juneteenth next week.
The holiday on Friday celebrates the day enslaved people in Texas learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had granted them freedom three years earlier.
In 2017, Turner appointed a task force of historians, community leaders, and department directors to review the city’s inventory of items related to the confederacy and recommend appropriate action. The task force had recommended that the statues be removed from public property and not be destroyed after submitting their findings. See a full list of artwork in Houston that are connected to the Confederacy, the Civil War or slavery here.
Here is a list of the statues and paintings currently on display on city properties:
Location: Hermann Park (to be relocated by the City of Houston)
Dedication date: 1905
Richard “Dick” Dowling was a bar owner who joined the Irish Militia made up of his patrons. The army mustered straight to the Confederate army upon secession and became a lieutenant.