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Spirit of the Confederacy Monument.

Spirit of the Confederacy Monument (Gone)

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Houston, Texas

From the stern look on this statue's face, the Spirit of the Confederacy is not one of humility or regret. Sculpted by Italian artist Louis Amities, the Spirit was commissioned by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and unveiled in January 1908. It's a 12-foot-tall bronze angel -- he has very large wings -- with an angry scowl and a big sword. He's also nude, but his private parts are tactfully obscured by a palm frond. Dedicated "to all heroes of the South who fought for the principles of states rights." Old postcards of the monument show that its pedestal of rocks was much higher in the past.

In June 2020, the statue was removed from the Sam Houston Park, reported destined for display in the Houston Museum of African American Culture.

Spirit of the Confederacy Monument

June 2020: Removed

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