Dallas gets approval to remove Confederate War Memorial

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Texas State Troopers guard the Confederate War Memorial before the “Dallas Against White Supremacy Rally” Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

A city commission has given Dallas the green light to remove its 123-year-old Confederate War Memorial.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the city’s Landmark Commission voted Monday in favor of bringing down the 65-foot (20-meter) obelisk that’s stood over Pioneer Park Cemetery since 1961. Commissioners decided the obelisk and surrounding statues of Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Albert Johnston don’t contribute to the historic character of the district.

The city voted to remove the memorial last month, but needed the landmark commission’s approval to take the structures down.

The removal still may not happen anytime soon. There’s a 30-day window to appeal the case to the City Plan Commission, and the issue could eventually lead to a lawsuit.

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