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Dallas Monument Bidder Identified

Posted in Memory by Andy Hall on June 13, 2019

So now we know:

A Dallas-based law firm placed the winning $1.435 million bid for a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that the city put in an online auction almost two years after removing it from a state park [sic., city park].

Holmes Firm PC made the top offer for the bronze sculpture, according to documents from the Dallas City Council. It was among several Lee monuments around the U.S. that were removed from public view amid the fallout over racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

The firm, owned by Ronald L. Holmes, has not said what it plans to do with the statue or whether it is representing someone else who wanted the artwork depicting Lee and another soldier on horses.

Holmes’ firm, which was identified in the auction as “LawDude,” did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

Dallas Assistant City Manager Joey Zapata said the city does not have any plans to auction other Confederate symbols and the money for sculpture would go back into its contingency fund.

The assistant city manager said a task force that reviewed the sculpture along with other monuments and places in Dallas named for Confederate leaders recommended finding a local museum or educational institution to take them.

“So, we’ve tried to find interested institutions and tried and tried and no one was interested,” Zapata said.

It will be interesting to see whether Holmes intends to keep and display the monument, or was actually a straw bidder for someone else.


Image via Fox4, Dallas.

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  1. OhioGuy said, on June 13, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Corrected me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the movement to remove Confederate statues pre-date the Charlottesville disturbance by at least a year or two?

    • Andy Hall said, on June 13, 2019 at 9:37 pm

      Certainly. It goes back years. Loose writing in the article, but I suspect the issue didn’t break through to most of the public until New Orleans (May 2017) or Charlottesville (August 2017).

    • Andy Hall said, on June 13, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      I am honestly more curious about who would drop $1.4 million on this, and why. That’s a lot of scratch.

  2. Carl Jón Denbow said, on June 14, 2019 at 9:54 am

    That may be in terms of the so-called “low information” citizen, but anyone who follows the news even casually was aware of building pressure against these monuments for several years. Charlottesville certainly added momentum to the movement. My own view is that these monuments should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Some deserve to be removed from the public square much more than others. I’m particularly incensed by those that were erected circa 1950 as a slap in the face at the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement, as well as those that reek of Lost Cause mythology and nostalgia for white supremacy. On the latter point, the now-removed statute of Justice Taney on the Capitol grounds in Annapolis would be a good example.

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