Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 1, Number 2, Fall, 1989 Page: 34
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The statues of Robert E. Lee and his aide, erected in
1936, dominate the corner of Hall and Turtle Creek
Blvd. from their position in Lee Park.
named for Confederate heroes. Elementary
schools honoring national figures include Jefferson
Davis, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and
Albert Sidney Johnston. Postmaster General
John H. Reagan and General William L. Cabell
both have elementary schools named for them,
and two schools were named for Confederate
colonels who went on to become governors of
Texas, Oran M. Roberts and John Ireland. Middle
schools honor John B. Hood and William
Often unnoticed by visitors, there are several
Confederate memorials at Fair Park, the result of
the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition, which
transformed the state fairgrounds into one huge
tribute to 100 years of Texan independence from
Mexico. Facing the Esplanade are six 20 ft. tall
pressed concrete statues representing the "Six
Flags of Texas." The Confederate statue stands in
front of the center portico of the Centennial
Building, her gaze directed South. In her crown
can be seen seven stars which represent the original
seven states of the Confederacy which seceded
from the Union early in 1861.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled the Lee
Monument in ceremonies June 12, 1936, following
his visit to the Texas Centennial.
Among the cast of historic characters
depicted in the murals in the Great Hall of the
Hall of State are three of Texas' Confederate
military leaders, Generals Hood and Johnston
and Lieutenant Richard Dowling, all on horseback.
In addition, a Confederate "Stars and Bars"
flag hangs down from one of the six flagstaffs in
the hall, and on the large gold medallion on the
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