A 12-foot-tall bronze statue of Texas Ranger Jay Banks was removed from Dallas Love Field Airport this week, after a new book revealed the man’s racist history, according to new reports.
The statue, titled “A Riot, a Ranger,” has been removed from the airport since 1962. The Dallas Morning News reports.
Doug J. Airport officials decided to clear the city one day after studying the critical areas of banking from Swanson’s soon-to-be-published book, “Worship: The Brave and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers.” T Magazine.
An infamous photo, taken in 1957, shows banks leaning on a tree outside Mansfield High School, with a fake hangar on a black facade from a noise above the school. Swanson writes: “A white mob gathered nearby. Some posed a death threat to anyone trying to consolidate the school. Banks do not need to remove the toy or disperse the mob. “
“Jay Banks in 1957 tried to get black children out of a white school,” Swanson told KXAS-TV. “Ranger banks only follow orders, but he opposed integration in Mansfield in 1957.
However, Swanson told the station he was “surprised” about the statue’s removal.
“I was not consulted,” he said. “I have very mixed feelings about it. I think it’s important to know the history of the statue.”
“I am not silencing or eradicating parts of history,” he told the Morning News. “I’m here to explain them and give them context. In this case, the statue has a very rich and complex background.”
Tristan Hallman, a spokesman for Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, said the decision to remove the man was “not reported to the mayor by the city manager’s office” and “unaware of the controversy surrounding the statue.”
“[Johnson] He believes this is something the city council wants to weigh in on, ”Hallman added.
The statue was carved by famous Texas artist Waldin Amanda Duchsch.
According to KXAS-TV, the city’s arts and culture office has put it in storage when it talks with city council about what to do next. Swanson’s book finished June 9th.