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City Council's Decision On Dallas' Confederate Symbols Won't Come Until Early Next Year

Christopher Connelly
A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at Lee Park (now Oak Lawn Park) in Oak Lawn before it was removed on Sept. 15.

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A decision on what to do next with Dallas' Confederate symbols likely won’t be made until the first quarter of 2018.

The Dallas City Council was on track to vote next week on the recommendations made by the Mayor’s Task Force on Confederate Monuments. But in their briefing meeting Wednesday, council members signaled that there are more details needed on the process, particularly the costs to implement the recommendations, according to The Dallas Morning News.

City staff will bring back the additional information to the City Council early next year. Watch the meeting here.

The Morning News reports: “Some of the costs are already known. Jennifer Scripps, head of the Office of Cultural Affairs, told the council it will likely cost more than $1 million to remove the 1896 war memorial next door to Dallas City Hall. But most of the price tags are unknown.”

The task force’s recommendations include relocating the statue of Robert E. Lee in Oak Lawn Park (which was removed in September) and the Confederate War Memorial in Pioneer Park Cemetery to a museum, educational institution or educational site in North Texas. Here are the other recommendations.

Rawlings announced he wanted to form the task force in the days after the violent clash in August between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

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