DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Crews began removing the Confederate War Memorial in Dallas’ Pioneer Park Cemetery Monday afternoon.
The Dallas City Council voted in February of 2019 to take it down.READ MORE: Extreme Heat Doesn't Stop Panther Island Pavilion From Hosting First Outdoor Concert In Over A Year
Last week, the city got permission to remove it after an appeals court dissolved an order that had barred the city from taking it down.
The city asked the Texas Supreme Court to overturn that order from October 10, 2019 as it was concerned about planned protests centered around the monument.
Various Confederate monuments around the nation have been vandalized and even taken down by protesters.READ MORE: Arrest Made After Man Found Dead In Dallas Construction Site, Police Say
Dallas officials warned the same could happen in the city.
Erected in 1896, it was the city’s oldest public monument, set between Dallas City Hall and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
The cost to remove the monument was said to be around $480,000 back when the decision was made.MORE NEWS: United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas Fights Pandemic-Related Learning Loss