The Texas Civil War Museum, located in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth, opened in 2006. It is the largest Civil War museum west of the Mississippi River. It consists of three separate galleries that display a Civil War collection, a Victorian dress collection, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy Texas Confederate collection. The UDC has one of three seats on the Museum's board.
Some of its collection came from the former Texas Confederate Museum in Austin, curated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
The Museum has been criticized in the press for being "an advocate and apologist for the Confederacy". It protests against the removal of (Confederate) Civil War monuments. Its theater shows a "romanticized video, 'Our Honor, Our Rights: Texas and Texans in the Civil War'". The author of the text of the movie, McMurry University professor Donald S. Frazier, says that it needs to be changed, because "the conversation has changed". In it, the "sectional crisis" is presented almost entirely as a tussle over states' rights. According to John Fullinwider, a Dallas educator and activist, the movie is "a lovely bit of 'Lost Cause' propaganda". The Museum refers to the Civil War as the War Between the States.
Dallas, wishing to dispose of its Robert E. Lee statue, considered lending it to the museum, the only local institution that was willing to accept it. The city decided not to lend it because it would not be displayed in its proper context, according to the city.
- Wilonsky, Robert (April 24, 2018). "Trip to Texas Civil War Museum shows why Dallas should never send its Robert E. Lee statue there". https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2018/04/24/trip-texas-civil-war-museum-shows-dallas-never-send-robert-e-lee-statue.
- Kennedy, Bud (April 24, 2018). "Dallas saw too much Rebel in Texas Civil War Museum". http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/bud-kennedy/article209722614.html.
- Texas Civil War Museum (2013). "Exhibits currently on display". http://www.texascivilwarmuseum.com/visit-the-museum/exhibits-now-on-display/. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
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