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Dallas Task Force Makes Recommendations on Confederate Monuments

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    Rawlings on Confederacy Symbols at Fair Park

    A day after a statue of Robert E. Lee was removed from Lee Park in Dallas, Mayor Mike Rawlings weighs in on what, if anything, should be done about Fair Park. (Published Friday, Sept. 15, 2017)

    The task force appointed by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings in August to make recommendations on the future of Confederate monuments and symbols in the city has published their findings.

    In a document released Friday, the task force said the Robert E. Lee statue, which was removed from Lee Park earlier this month, and the Confederate Monument in Pioneer Cemetery, should be preserved and placed in a museum or educational site in North Texas with the proper context of the Civil War, Reconstruction, the 'Lost Cause' mythology and the 'Jim Crow' era.

    Robert E. Lee Statue Removed from Lee Park in DallasRobert E. Lee Statue Removed from Lee Park in Dallas

    A Confederate monument that stood in Dallas for 81 years is now off its pedestal and stored out of sight under lock and key.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017)

    The task force also recommended that Lee Park, where the Lee Statue was installed and where the podium remains, be renamed -- this was done on Sept. 22 when the park was renamed Oak Lawn Park. The task force also recommended the removal of the Confederate Cemetery name as well as other city parks with Confederate names; they recommended placeholder names of historical abolitionists, enslaved or human rights leaders be used.

    Several streets in Dallas also bear Confederate names, and the task force recommended those, too, be changed -- specifically Gano, Lee, Cabell, Stonewall and Beauregard -- within 90 days.

    Confederate Task Force Recommends Streets RenamedConfederate Task Force Recommends Streets Renamed

    The mayor's task force finalized its recommendations Friday on five Dallas streets named after Confederate figures.

    (Published Friday, Sept. 22, 2017)

    In Fair Park, where there are numerous symbols and references to the Confederate States of America, the task force recommended signage and other language be added to give the artwork proper context.

    Confederate Monument Task Force to Discuss Fair Park ArtworkConfederate Monument Task Force to Discuss Fair Park Artwork

    Images of the Confederacy in artwork at Fair Park in Dallas are on Friday's agenda for the Mayor's Task Force on Confederate Monuments.

    (Published Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017)

    The task force also recommended the city erect a marker at Akard and Main streets memorializing Allen Brooks, who was lynched.