One Plaque at a Time…
Group wants marker next to Confederate soldier statue in WilCo | KVUE.com
A Williamson County group is working to install a marker next to a confederate soldier statue that currently sits on the South lawn of the Williamson County Courthouse on Georgetown’s square.
Tuesday, dozens of members of the public spoke at the Williamson County commissioners meeting to express their support or disapproval.
“To have a corresponding plaque or marker, that succinctly tells the rest of the story,” said one speaker.
“It is an insulting piece of work,” said another.
In an effort to “counter the implied racism and maintenance of white supremacy often associated with the Jim Crow-era memorials” that remain in many cities and institution in the South, the Cultural and Historical Advocacy group asked the Williamson County Commissioners Court to approve the educational marker.
“History is not fully reflected when we have that statue of the confederate soldier, I think it should, history should reflect all that was happening at that time, and a marker could do that,” said one of the members to the commissioners.
“The statue that’s presently constructed represents a particularly inhumane period in our national history,” said another speaker.
“To only tell the confederate side to that statue I feel does a dishonor to their service and memories,” said another.
The group asked the commissioners to sign the application, which would then go to the State Historical Commission.
Jaquita Wilson said it would help squash any racial stigmas.
“When I go and visit my friends and family other places, they are very shy to come visit me, and what they are hearing about us in this county, is not true,” said Wilson.
“We wind up with confederate soldiers bringing the battle flag out here and surrounding this monument at every major event, it should be a no-brainer to the commissioners court and to the people of Georgetown to say you know this is wrong,” said Joe Reedholm.
“When I have to come downtown and watch men dressed up in those soldier outfits of the confederacy so proudly, and have nothing to show that we were here, we were important too, it’s a little depressing, and I would like to relive that stigma from my county,” said Wilson.
While the group says they want to help craft the narrative, a member of the Williamson County historical commission says the Texas State Historic Commission staff chooses what the 300-word limit will say.
But not everyone supports the plaque.
“It’s dangerous when a bunch of do-gooders decide to rewrite history and diminish the memory of some of the bravest young men represented by that statue,” said one of the speakers.
With the state deadline Tuesday at midnight, the commissioners agreed they didn’t want to make a decision on a tight deadline.
“I’m a little sad and disappointed,” said Wilson.
But Wilson said she tried to get the needed signature more than a week ago and the issue was originally scheduled for the November 8th commissioners meeting.
“It’s about us showing the world that Williamson county looks like this, and that we’re trying to push forward, and that we’re trying to be better and that we’re trying and we’re trying to include all of our people, so we’re never going away,” said Wilson.
The application for a historical marker in the state of Texas is only open from September until the middle of November.
The group said they will apply again next year.