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Houston to remove Confederate statues from city parks

This undated photo provided by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department shows the "Spirit of the Confederacy" statue in Houston. Two statues that pay tribute to the Confederacy will be removed from Houston city parks, including the "Spirit of the Confederacy" statue, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Thursday, June 11, 2020. (Houston Parks and Recreation Department via AP)

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston officials say they will remove from city parks statues that pay tribute to the Confederacy.

Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Thursday that he will implement the findings of a city task force chosen to recommend what to do with two statues.

The statue of a Confederate soldier called “Spirit of The Confederacy” will be moved from Sam Houston Park downtown to the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

A statue of Dick Dowling will be moved from Hermann Park to the Sabine Pass Battleground State Historical Site near Port Arthur.


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