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Tony Crawford stands in at the Mount Pleasant Colored School in Weatherford after a meeting with city officials about the Confederate Statue's future. The Colored School was built in 1907 for black children to get an education. Many of Tony’s elders attended this school and spoke of the abuse and segregation in the city.

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A grassroots group called "Statue Relocation Team" protests a confederate statue that stands in front of the Weatherford courthouse. The group has been active in protests since the beginning of 2020 and continues even after city officials anonymously voted to keep the statue.

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James Gray spars with one of his students during a boxing training session. James is an ex-professional boxer and an activist in Weatherford. James works along with his older brother Anthony Crawford and the "Statue Relocation Team" to relocate or remove a confederate statue in Weatherford.

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James Gary holds a sign with the confederate statue located on the court house lawn, during a protest to remove or relocate the statue off the grounds.

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At the Parker County Courthouse, a man with many others show up to counter-protest, The Statue Removal Team; during one of their routine pop-up protests, SRT is regularly met by Confederate sympathizers.

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On Going Story - Texas

Photographs By: Chris Rusanowsky


Based in Weatherford, Texas, A city with a hidden past of slavery is exposed by a family of sixth generation Black Americans; Tony Crawford and James Gray. Together these two brothers, alongside with their friends and supporters, fight to remove a Confederate soldier Statue from the county courthouse, while discovering the dark history of the city.

Chris Rusanowsky
May 5, 2022

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