|For more than four decades, a statue of Robert E. Lee stood on this pedestal. Now, it's gone.|
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|An empty pedestal in Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas.|
On a beautiful, deep-blue sky Sunday at Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas, a police officer warily eyes a visitor, who inspects the massive, granite pedestal where a Lee statue had stood for more than four decades. To help prevent mischief (or perhaps worse), a Dallas P.D. surveillance camera stands watch across the busy boulevard from the general's longtime home. Three days after the 6-ton bronze sculpture of Lee and an unknown Confederate soldier on horseback was hauled away, the controversial, city council-approved move still stings many.
|Guard dog in Robert E. Lee Park? Not quite.|
A man from Australia, now a resident of this diverse area, shoots photos of the empty pedestal with his iPhone. A Michigan State football fan walks his terrier, glances at Lee's name in granite, and hustles away. Another man, also walking a dog, eagerly discusses Lee's departure from Lee Park.
Well aware of the white-hot Civil War monument controversy, the police officer wonders why he's here to watch over an empty pedestal for the MIA general.
And an early-70ish woman grieves.
|In Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas, a 2/3-size replica of|
Arlington House, Lee's home in Arlington, Va.
"Roll Tide!" she says, glancing at a visitor's ballcap, before walking a short distance up the hill toward the 2/3-size replica of Lee's home in Arlington, Va.
All that remains atop the pedestal are fragments of concrete and the steel bolts and posts that had anchored the 14-foot Lee monument since 1936. On the rim of the pedestal, two flower arrangements catch the eyes of onlookers. Perhaps they're a suitable, albeit temporary, replacement for a general now in storage at an old airport.
|President Franklin Roosevelt attended the dedication of the Lee statue here in 1936.|
|The Lee statue had stood in Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas since 1936.|
|One of the two flower arrangements on the massive, granite pedestal.|