Bogus campaign sought to take down landmark Sam Houston statue

Sam Houston statue (KPRC Photo)
Sam Houston statue (KPRC Photo)

Editor’s Note: The group calling for the statue’s removal, Texas Antifa, isn’t a radical group more that a group of internet trolls looking to stir up trouble. This story has been updated to reflect the group’s status.

HOUSTON (KXAN) — The Sam Houston statue has been at Houston’s Hermann Park since 1925, but a group that calls itself Texas Antifa has started a campaign to take down this and any other landmark that bears the name Sam Houston.

The statue has been a site to see for nearly a century and for some people, it’s a site they want to see for years to come.

Texas Antifa, which borrowed the name of a anti-fascism group Houston Antifa, took to Facebook to cause a ruckus.

On Thursday, the group posted on its Facebook page saying Houston was an icon of slavery and should be removed. The group also suggested Mayor Sylvester Turner should back the removal of the statue, because of his ethnicity and political affiliation.

When Turner was asked if he should be in favor of the statue’s removal, he said the thought hadn’t even crossed his mind.

“It’s not even on my agenda. I haven’t even given it any thought,” Turner said.

When Sam Houston was a senator in the 1800s, he repeatedly voted against the spread of slavery to new territories of the United States. He was also ousted as governor of Texas for refusing to align himself with the Confederacy.

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