Chronicle reporter Gabrielle Banks snaps a fresh photo of the Spirit of the Confederacy, the well-labeled century-old statue standing around by the lake on the west side of Sam Houston Park (near the split of Allen Pkwy. into Lamar and Walker streets downtown). The statue’s placement was funded in 1908 by Houston’s still-active Robert E. Lee chapter of the national United Daughters of the Confederacy and is inscribed to “all heroes of the South who fought for the principles of states rights.” Despite the statue’s unambiguous Confederate sympathies and nearness to City Hall, the bronze statue has largely flown beneath the radar of the past year’s scrutiny of Houston school and street names.
HISD’s planned renaming of 8 schools currently honoring Confederate soldiers is still receiving some pushback following the board’s May vote confirming most of the changes (including a Lanier-for-Lanier swapout). An alumnus of the high school historically known as John H. Reagan (planned for conversion to Heights High School instead) claims to have former ABC13 reporter-turned-investigator-for-hire Wayne Dolcefino on board to help them pull together a lawsuit against the school district.
- So What About All Those Confederate Symbols In Houston? [Houston Public Media]
- Spirit of the Confederacy [City of Houston]
- Previously on Swamplot: Lanier Gets to Keep Half of Its Name as HISD Expels Confederates; A Preview of What’s Changing at Jefferson Davis High School Other Than Its Confederate Name; Every School In Texas Named After a Confederate Loyalist, Mapped