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Confederate monument committee to hold evening meeting for public input

The Confederate monument committee will be opening the door for public input about the statue from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 in the Denton County Commissioners Courtroom, located on the second floor of the Courthouse on the Square.

The decision was announced during its meeting Thursday at the Courthouse on the Square. 

Committee chairman John Baines said county residents will have a three-minute speaking limit, and they will be able to sign up to speak in the courtroom before the meeting. The committee will also hold its regular two-hour meeting earlier that day at 9 a.m. in the 1896 Room of the Courthouse on the Square. 

The committee will use the public input to help shape its final recommendation to commissioners. The committee will either ask commissioners to remove the statue or add more historical context around it. 

Also Thursday, the 15-member committee heard from a University of North Texas professor and committee member Mike Cochran about the historical context and emotions surrounding the statue. Members, who each have thick binders filled with historical documents, are trying to establish whether the monument is a symbol to the Confederacy or to the soldiers who fought in the Civil War.