TULSA, Okla. – A public school district in Oklahoma has been removed from a monument at a primary school that was dedicated to the Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Tulsa Public Schools, said the nearly one hundred year old monument was removed and replaced by brick on Tuesday. A district spokeswoman said: “a community partner” was related to the costs, and that the Tulsa Historical society, the preservation of the monument.
The removal comes less than a week after the end of the school district, the board of directors has withdrawn, the school with the original name: Robert E. Lee elementary School. The council is given the new name of the Lee elementary School, but it kept the official name of the school last week amid public outrage. The board of directors to reconsider the issue, on 2 April.
The monument is now on a school district’s warehouse for safe custody. Over the next few weeks, the district will assess who is the owner of the monument, but “the long-term plan is that it would come to the Tulsa Historical Society,” said Michelle Place, executive director of the historical society.
The school was dedicated and named after Lee in 1918, after a Confederate Veterans of America convention in Tulsa. The conversion came three years before the Tulsa Race Riot.
Hundreds of people signed a petition for the change of the name of the school last year following violent protests by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.