Dead Confederates, A Civil War Era Blog

Bobby Lee Has Left the Building. . . .

Posted in Education, Memory by Andy Hall on June 24, 2010

The Associated Press asks its readers to be on the lookout for a figure of the general that was stolen — 35 years ago:

A bronze statue of the Confederate general was taken from the grounds of Midland Lee High in 1975, a decade after the class of 1965 gave the statue to the school.

With Midland Lee’s 50th anniversary approaching later this year, an event organizer hopes someone will return the statue. Maridell Fryar told the Odessa American that no one would be prosecuted; the statute of limitations on the theft has run out.

She says the statue swiping may have started a prank. She [is] hoping someone from the West Texas community will offer information that might recover the stolen Lee in time for the anniversary celebrations.

Just a little prank, right? Sure, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye a statue.

Fun Fact: The Associated Press was organized in 1846 by five New York dailies to share the cost of reporting on the Mexican War.