Dallas gets approval to remove 123-year-old Confederate war memorial
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A Dallas commission voted overwhelmingly to give the city the green light to take down a 123-year-old Confederate war memorial, deeming the monument as “non-contributing to the historic overlay district.”

The Landmark Commission voted to approve the removal of the monument, which is located near the Dallas City Hall, in a 10-5 vote on Monday, The Dallas Morning News reported

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Last month, the city council voted 11-4 to remove the structure, but the commission’s approval was needed to move forward. 

The commission reportedly spent more than 2 hours weighing the decision to remove the monument after a briefing on Monday.

During the deliberation, commissioners reportedly listened to advocates who pushed for the monument to remain and weighed arguments by the city council, which that said the memorial did not have protection under the historic designations that were provided to the park where the structure has stood since 1961.

The commission’s sole black member, Donald Payton, told the newspaper that the memorial should have been removed long ago. He also added that the city will still have many schools and buildings honoring the Confederacy.

“If they think [this memorial is] the only thing in this city that’s a memory to the Confederate dead, we’ve got more than enough,” Payton said.

The local newspaper notes that there is a 30-day window to appeal the move to the City Plan Commission.