A 12-foot-tall bronze statue of Texas Ranger J. Banks was removed from Dallas Lovefield Airport this week, according to a new report, a new book sheds light on the racist history of the image.
The statue, which has been standing at the airport since 19 The2 and was titled “One Riot, One Ranger”, was removed on Thursday, The Dallas Morning News reported.
City and airport officials said Doug J. The city decided to remove the statue one day after reading excerpts from Swanson’s soon-to-be-published book, Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers. D Magazine.
A notorious photo taken in 1957 shows Banks leaning against a tree outside Mansfield High School as a dummy on a blackface hanging from a nose above the school. Swanson writes: “A white crowd gathered nearby. Some threatened to kill the school. Banks did not need to remove the statue or disperse the crowd. “
“J. Banks was involved in an effort in 1957 to keep black children away from a white school,” Swanson told KXAS-TV. “Ranger banks were just following orders but in 1957 he faced resistance to consolidation at Mansfield.
Still, Swanson said at the station that he was “surprised” at the removal of the statue.
“I was not consulted,” he said. “I have very mixed feelings about this. I think it’s really important to know the history of the statue. “
“I’m not here to mute or discard pieces of history,” he told the Morning News. “I am here to explain them and to give them context. In this case, this statue has a very rich and problematic backstory. “
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Tristan Hallman, a spokesman for Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, said in the paper that the mayor had not been notified by the city manager’s office of the decision to remove the image and was “unaware of the controversy surrounding the statue.”
“[Johnson] The city council believes it will probably want to consider it, “Hallman added.
According to the paper, the statue was sculpted by renowned Texas artist Walden Amanda Touch.
According to KAASS-TV, the city’s Arts and Culture Office has put it in storage in compliance with the City Council. Swanson’s book ends June 9.