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Correction: Protest-Sam Houston Statue story

Posted June 15

— In a story June 10 about a rally in support of a statue of Sam Houston, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Houston was the Republic of Texas' first president. He was its second president, following David G. Burnet, who served as the republic's interim president for several months in 1836.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Feared removal of Texas hero's statue prompts armed protest

Hundreds of individuals, some who were armed, gathered at a Houston park to protest what they believe are efforts to remove a statue of Texas giant Sam Houston because he owned slaves

Hundreds of individuals, some armed, gathered at a Houston park to protest what they believe are efforts to remove a statue of Texas hero Sam Houston because he owned slaves.

There hasn't been any organized effort to remove Houston's statue, which has stood near a city park since 1925.

Protesters, some who carried Confederate flags, said Saturday they're concerned local activists have been calling for the statue's removal.

But it's not clear any such removal efforts have been formally proposed in the wake of other cities around the country taking down Confederate monuments.

While Houston — who was the Republic of Texas' second president — owned slaves, he also refused to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy.

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