HOUSTON – The “Spirit of the Confederacy” statue has been removed from Sam Houston Park. Mayor Sylvester Turner said it is one of two Confederate statues that will be removed before Juneteenth.
The statue will be relocated to the Houston Museum of African-American Culture in Midtown.
Turner said his decision to remove Houston’s Confederate statues from public parks marks a major turning point at an important time in our history.
"We're not afraid of it, we're confronting it, we're putting in the context to say this is what hatred looks like," said John Guess Jr., chief executive emeritus of HMAAC.
Guess said the statue will become part of an ongoing exhibit entitled “Lest We Forget” and funded by the Houston Endowment.
But in a strongly-worded statement issued on behalf of the Houston NAACP and on the organization’s letterhead, president Dr. James Douglas condemned the move.
“This is a situation where we’re honoring people who intended to destroy the nation and I don’t think anybody can justify that. You don’t see any statues honoring any of the Nazi regimes in Germany and you definitely wouldn’t see statue honoring Nazis who fought with Hitler in any Holocaust museums,” Douglas told KPRC 2.