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Cost to Remove Confederate Statues Already in the Millions

Erasing history doesn’t come cheap.


An article over at Fox News is highlighting just how expensive it has been for municipalities to remove Confederate monuments all across America, a cost that has only exacerbated the controversy over the purges.

For example, in San Antonio, Texas, the removal of a single Confederate statue last month from a city park cost just over a quarter of a million dollars.

The city of Dallas, Texas recently rid itself of a statue of Robert E. Lee. The price tag on that effort? Around $450,000.

Dallas, which now has something called the Confederate Task Force Committee, recommended at its meeting last month to also remove another elaborate Confederate monument that’s currently located next to the convention center. To move the statue, which portrays a Confederate soldier on top of a six-story tower that’s surrounded by four Confederate leaders, it’s estimated the cost will run upwards of $800,000.

The total figures associated with statue removals include costs well beyond the labors involved in physically removing and relocating the memorials. For example, the price tag of police staffing alone in support of the San Antonio removal was a little over $100,000. The costs of replanting? $7,000.

What’s more, there have even been human tolls incurred as a part of the purging process that have far exceeded any financial costs; a crane that was hired to remove the Lee statue in Dallas collided with a semitrailer, killing the semi’s driver.

 By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large