Community figureheads in Denton County, Texas have been going back and fourth on how to address the removal of a Confederate monument which was commissioned 99 years ago and stands tall in Denton Square.
Denton County Judge Mary Horn said she initially suggested the addition of a plaque to provide more context of the monument’s history. However, at a public session asking for residents’ input on Tuesday, people voiced divergent views about how to proceed.
“I’m proud of my history,” one woman stated.
Although, another gentlemen said the monuments do not honor his ancestors, he said, “They dont honor anything except an illusion of the South that never existed. When I see this statue still standing I feel nothing but shame”
The 12 foot tall monument that is comprised of grey marble was placed there in 1918. It includes an archway topped by a confederate soldier. The monument also contains writing that reads in all capital letters “Our Confederate Soldiers” on the face of the archway.
In July the monument was vandalized by someone who wrote the words “This is Racist”. The debate over how to address its need to stay or go comes from a nationwide movement. This movement questions whether these monuments are racially harmful or just simply a reminder of our heritage and historical mistakes. It is history after all!
Judge Mary Horn stated that there may be a necessity to have more than just one committee to handle the issue. The issue of the need for the monuments very existence is still a strong debate between Denton County leaders.