According to new reports, the 12-meter bronze statue of Texas Loveger Jay Banks was removed from Dallas Love Field Airport this week after a new book shed light on the racist history of the figure.
The statue titled “One Riot, One Ranger”, standing at the airport since 1962, was removed on Thursday, Dallas Morning News reported.
City and airport officials decided to remove the statue one day after reading the annoying quotes about Banks from Doug J. Swanson’s upcoming book “Cult of Glory: Texas Rangers’ Brave and Brutal History.” D Magazine.
An infamous photo taken in 1957 shows that Banks leaning against a tree outside Mansfield High School are leaning as a black-faced puppet hung from a noose above the school. Swanson writes: “A white mob has gathered nearby. Some carried death-threatening signs for anyone trying to integrate the school. Banks did not need to remove effigy or disband the gang. “
“Jay Banks joined efforts to keep black children away from a white school in 1957” Swanson said KXAS-TV. “Ranger Banks was only following orders, but in 1957 it was the face of resistance to integration at Mansfield.”
Still, Swanson told the station that he was “surprised” in removing the statue.
“I was not consulted,” he said. “I have very mixed feelings about it. It is really important to know the history of sculpture. “
“I’m not to silence or eliminate pieces of history,” he told Morning News. “I use them to explain and give context. In this case, this sculpture has a very rich and problematic background. “
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson spokesman Tristan Hallman said that the decision to remove the figure in the newspaper was “not informed by the mayor of the city manager” and “was not aware of the discussions around the statue.”
“[Johnson] He believes that the City Council probably has something to weigh, ”Hallman added.
According to the statement, the sculpture was sculpted by renowned Texas artist Waldine Amanda Tauch.
According to KXAS-TV, the city’s Art and Culture Office was placed in the warehouse while providing information about what to do with the City Council. Swanson’s book was published on June 9.