Confederate monument statue outside Harrison County Courthouse subject of two petitions

Confederate monument statue outside Harrison County Courthouse subject of two petitions
The confederate monument outside of the historic Harrison County Courthouse is the subject of a new petition. (Source: Google Maps)

MARSHALL, Tx. (KSLA) - Two petitions, one for removing and the other for keeping a Confederate monument statue in East Texas are online for citizens to sign.

Demetria McFarland is petitioning the Harrison County Commissioners and the Harrison County Historical Commission to remove the monument from the courthouse grounds.

The petition has nearly 1,000 signatures as of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24.

Below is the text from the change.org petition:

I, Demetria McFarland, would like your assistance in regards to having a Confederate statue removed from the Harrison County courthouse grounds here in Marshall, Texas. The statue is located on the grounds of the Historical Courthouse on the east side of the building. The statue was erected to promote and justify Jim Crow laws in the South, and assert white supremacy. There is currently a camera mounted to the side of the courthouse, a public building, over looking the statue, so this statue still have some form of meaning, value and or belief to someone here in Marshall/Harrison County. The statue does not have any value to any African American/black people and it is a constant reminder of racism, hate and prejudices against black people. In light of the murder of George Floyd, these confederate statues are being removed by local officials or forcefully torn down by protesters. I have contacted the Harrison County Historical Commission in regards to having the statue removed but I have not received a response. I am asking for those who have the authority to remove it, to please do so. We, African Americans, have no desire to be reminded of the torture our ancestors were subject to over the centuries. We, African Americans, are not going backwards but we are moving forward for racial equality and justice. Our ancestors were a major part in the foundation of this nation. We will NOT continue to be treated like we are an inferior race and as if we are less than human. BLACK LIVES MATTER! Your signature will help us remove this statue so our city can be a part of the other cities that are now in the healing process and moving forward without confederate statues reminding us of the hate it represents. There are laws being penned in place, in this nation, to show racial equality. I feel the time is now for Marshall, Tx./ Harrison County to move forward along with the nation to show that we stand for racial equality, instead of clinging to a statue that stands for racial division.
Demetria McFarland/Change.org

Another petition is also posted on change.org, this one asking for the city and Governor Greg Abbott to keep it.

The petition was created by a user identifying themself or themselves as People of sense and understanding.

As of 11 a.m on Wednesday, June 24, the petition is just under 500 supporters.

It’s time to put a stop to people tearing down history, the removal of a historical landmark will achieve absolutely nothing. All it will do is show that they can get what they want and then they will need something else to satisfy their liberal agenda! This is not a petition in support of racism it is simply to preserve history. George Floyd has nothing to do with this and he would be sick to his stomach seeing so many individuals taking advantage of his death for reasons beyond what should be focused on. Thank you for your support!!
People of sense and understanding/Change.org

Copyright 2020 KSLA. All rights reserved.