Removed Robert E. Lee statue now on display at Texas Resort
TERLINGUA, Texas – A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that the City of Dallas removed from a park and later sold in an online auction is now on display at a West Texas golf resort.
The bronze sculpture, which was removed from Dallas Park in September 2017, can now be found at the Lajitas Golf Resort in Terlingua, Texas, on The Houston Chronicle reported.
The 27,000-acre resort, owned by Dallas billionaire and pipeline mogul Kelcy Warren and managed by Scott Beasley, president of Dallas-based WSB Resorts and Clubs, received the statue as a donation in 2019.
Alexander Phimister Proctor’s 1935 sculpture was among several of Lee’s monuments in the United States that were removed from public view amid the fallout from racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
The work, which depicts Lee and another soldier on horseback, was kept in storage at Hensley Field in Dallas, the former Naval Air Station, until its sale in 2019. Holmes Firm PC made the best bid for the sculpture, according to Dallas City Council documents.
Terlingua, which is in Brewster County near Big Bend and Rio Grande National Park, has less than 100 residents and no records of black residents, according to recent census data. Blacks make up just 1.7% of Brewster County’s population, according to census data.
Beasley told The Chronicle that the statue was meant to preserve “a fabulous work of art.”
“I would say that out of the 60 and over 1,000 guests we host each year, we have had one or two negative comments,” he said.
But Black Lives Matter Houston activist Brandon Mack has said he disagrees with Lee’s supporters who argue the statue is just an “appreciation of the art” and questioned whether the same defense would be used for other offensive symbols in history, or if this is reserved for iconography only glorifying black oppression.
“We do not glorify the swastika; we don’t have any Adolf Hitler monuments, ”he said.