About 30 people gathered at the Courthouse on the Square for the weekly Sunday afternoon protest normally led by local activist Willie Hudspeth over the past 17 years, urging changes at the Confederate monument on the south side of the Square.
This week's protest was different.
On Thursday, an advisory committee formed by Denton County commissioners voted 12-3 to recommend keeping the Confederate monument in its place, but with a plaque denouncing slavery and more information to add context to the monument.
During the two-and-a-half-hour meeting, the committee discussed adding two kiosks on either side of the monument, with interviews about local veterans and the history of slavery.
The 15-member committee will present its recommendation to Denton County commissioners during their meeting Tuesday.
The monument, built in 1918 as a memorial to the area's Confederate veterans, has long been a topic of contention in Denton County.
"Until the monument is gone, I will be here," one protester said Sunday.
Hudspeth replied, "Me too."
Hudspeth said more people need to show up to Denton County commissioners' meetings on Tuesday mornings to make a difference.
Hudspeth has long asked commissioners to move the monument, modify it or put it in context with slavery and black history. More recently, he has asked commissioners to simply put the monument on their meeting agenda.
"When they put the committee together, they kind of answered my demand," Hudspeth said. "There's something to take care of here."
Hudspeth said he would like to see 30 people show up to speak in front of commissioners about the monument.
Jeff Fielderhoff has been going to the weekly protests with Hudspeth for seven months now, and said he thinks people on both sides of the debate should show up for such demonstrations.
"For a group of people fighting so hard to keep it, we are here every Sunday. There's people on the other side trying to preserve it — there's no one here for them except the occasional drunk person," Fielderhoff said. "It's kind of ironic we're the only ones here and everyone else is on their computers. Show that you care about your presence."
According to Denton Police Department spokesman Brian Cose, there were about a dozen Denton officers and about eight Denton County sheriff's deputies present for security at Sunday's protest.
Denton resident Jessica Luther said she appreciated the police presence, but she thought there wouldn't be as many police present for any other protest.
"I think that the people in Denton County who think that monument committee was a sham — and it was — I think it's important people come and show solidarity," Luther said.
FEATURED PHOTO: People gathered at the downtown Square on Sunday to protest the recent recommendation from the Confederate monument advisory committee to not remove the statue.