The Confederate memorials in Texas may no longer appear in Texas Illustrated Map that will be created years from now. The Confederate War Memorial along with four others that were built during Jim Crow has been the specific target of activists in recent years.
However, after months of deliberation, the Dallas City Council has voted 9-6 to postpone the decision on the removal of the 60-foot monument that is located on the grounds of Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center right across the City Hall. Instead the council voted for the creation of a memorial to remember Brook’s lynching – an attempt at a compromise which is unacceptable for many of Dallas’ residents.
According to Mayor Mike Rawlings and Mayor Pro Tem Dwayne Caraway, the reason for the delay is cost concerns. Both Mayor Rawlings and Mayor Pro Tem Caraway voted against the provision to auction the $1 million Robert E. Lee statue which was removed from Dallas Oak Lawn Park. The proceeds from the auction would have gone towards the removal of the War Memorial.
Caraway told the Daily Observer that in terms of cost, they will be required to spend $500,000 to rake down the statue and destroy it. He also suggested that the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. can be used to replace the Confederate soldier on the memorial.
More than 170 Confederate memorials in Texas were built during the racial violence in the first two decades of the 20th century and during the civil rights movement. The intention was to put fear on the hearts of black Americans and celebrate the revisionist history of the Civil War. From 1882 to 1968, at least 500 lynching too place in Texas. People believe that the Confederate memorials are unworthy to be placed in public spaces that are being funded by taxpayer’s money.
The technique used in creating Texas Illustrated Map often shows a scene as it looks from above at oblique view. The objective of the illustrator is not to draw strictly according to scale to show streets and architectural images including famous landmarks so that it can elicit a feeling of identification from the viewer.