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Confederate monument on the Square

A look at how views of the Denton County Confederate Soldier Memorial have come to shift over recent years.

Confederate monument on the Square
Confederate monument discussion causes tension at Commissioners Court meeting

Confederate monument discussion causes tension at Commissioners Court meeting

Some people sitting in a packed courtroom squirmed in their seats when Denton resident Gerald DeMarsh Sr. used the N-word while addressing county commissioners Tuesday evening. The 86-year-old man was one of almost 50 people at the commissioners meeting who wanted to speak about the controversial Confederate monument on the Square. Most speakers asked for its removal, while a few others asked commissioners to keep it on the courthouse lawn.

Group wants to re-examine Confederate memorial on square

Group wants to re-examine Confederate memorial on square

Dentonites Against Racist Traditions has taken the reins for the latest call to address the monument. “I have been made aware that this issue has been brought up by citizens of all racial backgrounds every few years for over a decade,” said group member Hale Baskin, a Denton musician. “We first want to determine if the majority of Dentonites agree that the memorial should be relocated and replaced.

Estimated cost to haul statue nearby would be $15K

Estimated cost to haul statue nearby would be $15K

Peggy Riddle, director of the Denton County Office of History and Culture, supports this suggestion and said she thinks more information can help the community navigate the growing furor over a sensitive topic. “I think it’s always a good thing to bring information about Denton County history.

Statue debate halted

Statue debate halted

Florance said the state would then be in communication with the Texas Historical Commission and Denton County to analyze the potential impact of removing the statue. “It’s on the national register and it’s a recorded Texas landmark,” he said. “The statue in question has been there for almost a century and is considered part of the master plan for the courthouse.

We need fair plan for soldier memorial

We need fair plan for soldier memorial

Denton County Judge Mary Horn and our four county commissioners keep kicking the Confederate Soldier Memorial can down the road, hoping it will go away as people gradually turn their attention to different issues and concerns.

Hudspeth back to contend memorial

Hudspeth back to contend memorial

Commissioner Hugh Coleman told the Denton Record-Chronicle that the Confederate monument was extensively discussed with Hudspeth’s input in 2010, and a decision was made to place a plaque near it to explain why the memorial was erected, although Hudspeth claims he never approved the wording. “I don’t think any further discussion will bring resolution but rather inflame the emotions,” Coleman says. “I think that there are a lot of people seeking to divide us rather than bring us...

Horn: Discussion on memorial done years ago

Horn: Discussion on memorial done years ago

Moreover, she said the complaints to the court are moot because the Texas Historical Commission has final say on any and all matters involving the statue. “This is something that has been done,” Horn said. “If it’s not within the commissioners’ authority to move it, take it down, to do what anyone asked, I guess I am back to my original question. To accomplish what?

Confederate memorial now clean; vandalism investigation continues

Confederate memorial now clean; vandalism investigation continues

Now, the community is discussing once again what, if anything, to do with the memorial. “The Criminal Investigations Division is continuing to review videos and tips,” said Sandi Brackeen, spokeswoman for the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. “We have received several tips and would encourage anyone that may have information, no matter how small, to call our office. “Our office has reached out to the local businesses in the downtown area requesting video.

War memorial marred; surveillance video released

War memorial marred; surveillance video released

Jonathon Vann, a co-founder of Dentonites Against Racist Traditions, swiftly denied any involvement by members of the group. “We have never wanted the monument to be defaced or destroyed in any way,” Vann said in a statement posted in a closed Facebook page for the group. “The only change we encouraged was location.