DALLAS -- After weeks of back and forth between supporters and the city of Dallas, the Robert E. Lee monument has been removed. On Thursday, a Ford pickup, flatbed trailer, and crane came to escort the statue out of Turtle Creek area while crowds gathered around to witness history.
The controversy that surrounds the Robert E. Lee monument has also been a concern for Dallas Independent School District. The school board held a meeting to discuss a process to rename all of their schools honoring Confederates. The list includes four elementary schools.
"Basically they were trying to honor these men who were slave owners to make a statement to the African American community," one concerned parent explained.
The school board says after the events in Charlottesville, they received hundreds of calls from parents demanding the name changes.
"Our lovely school is named for a man best known for leading an army and war against the United States," another parent added. "That unfortunate fact brings me here today."
Last year, the board voted to change John B. Hood Middle School to Piedmont Global Academy.
In 1999, the district decided to change a school named after Jefferson Davis to Barbara Jordan Elementary. Jordan was an African American Texas congresswoman.