Feared removal of Texas hero’s statue prompts armed protest

Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — Hundreds of individuals, some armed, gathered at a Houston park to protest what they believe are efforts to remove a statue of Texas hero Sam Houston because he owned slaves.

There hasn’t been any organized effort to remove Houston’s statue, which has stood near a city park since 1925.  

Protesters, some who carried Confederate flags, said Saturday they’re concerned local activists have been calling for the statue’s removal.

But it’s not clear any such removal efforts have been formally proposed in the wake of other cities around the country taking down Confederate monuments.

While Houston — who was the Republic of Texas’ first president — owned slaves, he also refused to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy.


3 thoughts on “Feared removal of Texas hero’s statue prompts armed protest

  1. This is so ridiculous. It has gotten so completely, unreasonably out of control. 😡
    I’m not saying that I am a big Sam Houston fan. I am Not. However, my reasons are related early Texas history and the Alamo, Not this nonsense.
    I do not understand this fad of trying to erase History. I truly thought we had moved beyond that.
    However, “History repeats itself”. Look at what the Egyptians did to the leaders they replaced/didn’t like…they erased all hieroglyphs about and statues of them. We’re seeing the same thing. 👿

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