City Has Agreed to Return the Travis Park Confederate Monument to the UDC

The City of San Antonio has agreed to return that Confederate Statue that was removed from Travis Park downtwon in 2017 to the statue's rightful owners, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, News Radio 1200 WOAI news has learned.

Attorney Thomas Crane represents the UDC, which raised the money to put up the statue in 1899.

"The city will not agree that it go into any public park," he said. "So if it won't go into a park, what do you do with it?"

The statue was removed during a nationwide debate over the position of Confederate iconography which followed a murder at a Black church in South Carolina by a young man who photographed himself with Confederate symbols.

The general feeling among City Council at the time was that the Statue, which contained the likeness of a Confederate soldier and not any Confederate politician or general, was not a symbol or the inclusive and welcoming City that San Antonio claims to be.

But what do with the statue?

"The biggest disagreement is, what do you do with it?" Crane said. "If you give it to Daughters, what do they do with it? Its 42 tons, you can't just put it anywhere."

There had been talk of putting the monument at the Confederate graveyard on the City's east side, but the City rejected that idea and there was a concern that the statue would be defaced.