Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Future of Confederate memorial at Denton County Courthouse to be evaluated

The Denton County Commissioners Court is looking to form a committee that will decide to keep or remove this memorial to Confederate soldiers outside the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square.

A Confederate monument outside the Denton County Courthouse-at-the-Square was erected 99-years ago.

However, it may face change in the near future.

The Denton County Confederate Soldier Memorial stands as a small archway on the south side of the courthouse, supporting the portrayal of a young Confederate soldier standing on top.

Pressure escalated to move or remove Confederate statues and memorials across the country in August, after the deadly confrontation between a group of white nationalists — who were protesting the movement of a statue of Robert E. Lee — and counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Va., according to the Associated Press.

Later in August, many people spoke at the Denton County Commissioners Court meeting, urging the commissioners to move the Confederate Soldier Memorial away from the courthouse. Generally, those who want monuments and statues moved, or removed, believe they honor or glorify a political movement that proposed the continuation of enslaving African-Americans.

“We’ve heard from a variety of residents [on both sides of the issue]”, Precinct 4 Commissioner Andy Eads said.

It’s the only Confederate monument in Denton County. The Daughters of the Confederacy erected it in 1918.

Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square

A nearby plaque explains the monument to be: “a reminder of historic events and is intended as a memorial to Denton County citizens who sacrificed themselves for the community. Now, let this be a testimony that God created all men equal with certain inalienable rights. We are all one, citizens of Denton County.”

The text on the monument itself explains it is: “in memory of our confederate soldiers, who in heroic self-sacrifice and devoted loyalty gave their manhood and their lives to the South in her hour of need.”

Eads said the court expects to “get a committee formed in the next few weeks” to “explore the history behind the memorial.”

The committee will make a recommendation to the court about how to “display it in proper context.”

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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