Texas group calls for removal of iconic Sam Houston statue from Hermann Park

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Rest easy, Big Sam isn’t going anywhere

Updated 11:38 am, Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Sam Houston statue in Hermann Park has become a symbol of the city since it was installed in 1925. A group that calls itself Texas Antifa would prefer that it be removed due to the Texas icon owning slaves. 

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The group, which has a rally planned in Houston on June 10, told KPRC-TV on Monday it would speak to the media about the statue on that date. In the meantime, all information about the group is coming from Facebook. 

The group believes if other Confederate memorials can be removed in other cities, why shouldn’t Houston remove the Sam Houston statue? After all, he did own slaves.

“Comrades, we need to fight to remove the disgusting statues of ALL war criminals and slave owners. Texans want these statues removed!” the group wrote May 22 on its Facebook page.

“Texans agree the disgusting idols of America’s dark days of slavery must be removed to bring internal peace to our country. Several large groups of BLM have also pledged their support for this historic rally against the idols of an oppressive history, hence the name “Anti-Oppression Rally” – These statues are a slap in the face of all Black Americans!”

There is more to Big Sam‘s story, as most people who took Texas history in school will tell you.

Houston, owned up to 12 slaves, but was also  anti-slavery in public life. As a senator, Houston voted against the spread of slavery in the young United States’ newest territories. He was also removed as the governor of Texas for not falling in line with other Confederate states when the Civil War began.

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On Monday Mayor Sylvester Turner was asked at a Memorial Day event if the controversy over the statue had reached him as of yet. 

“It’s not even on my agenda. I haven’t even given it any thought,” Turner told KPRC-TV

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