A 12-foot-tall bronze statue of Texas Ranger Jay Banks was removed this week from Dallas Love Area Airport after a brand new ebook make clear the determine’s racist historical past, in keeping with new studies.
The statue, which has stood on the airport since 1962 and is captioned “One Riot, One Ranger,” was removed Thursday, the Dallas Morning Information reported.
Metropolis and airport officers determined to take away the statue a day after studying troubling excerpts about Banks from Doug J. Swanson’s soon-to-be-published ebook, “Cult of Glory: The Daring and Brutal Historical past of the Texas Rangers,” in D Journal.
An notorious picture taken in 1957 exhibits Banks leaning in opposition to a tree exterior Mansfield Excessive College as a dummy in blackface hung from a noose above the varsity. Swanson writes: “Close by a white mob had assembled. Some carried indicators that threatened loss of life for anybody making an attempt to combine the varsity. Banks noticed no must take away the effigy or disperse the mob.”
“Jay Banks was concerned in efforts in 1957 to maintain black kids out of a white college,” Swanson instructed KXAS-TV. “Ranger Banks was solely following orders however he was the face of resistance to integration in Mansfield in 1957.”
Nonetheless, Swanson instructed the station he was “shocked” on the statue’s removing.
“I wasn’t consulted,” he stated. “I’ve very blended emotions about it. I feel it’s actually essential for the historical past of the statue to be identified.”
“I’m not for silencing or abolishing items of historical past,” he instructed the Morning Information. “I’m for explaining them and giving them context. On this case, this statue has a really wealthy and problematic backstory.”
Tristan Hallman, a spokesman for Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, instructed the paper that “the mayor was not knowledgeable by the town supervisor’s workplace” of the choice to take away the determine and “was not conscious of the controversy surrounding the statue.”
“[Johnson] believes it’s one thing that the Metropolis Council will most likely need to weigh in on,” Hallman added.
The statue was sculpted by well-known Texas artist Waldine Amanda Tauch, in keeping with the paper.
It’s been positioned in storage whereas the town’s Workplace of Arts and Tradition confers with the Metropolis Council about what to do with it subsequent, in keeping with KXAS-TV. Swanson’s ebook is out June 9.