June 9, 2020 – The Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square Art Committee and the Denton County Commissioners Court have made a joint decision to remove and relocate the Confederate Memorial from its current location at the Courthouse-on-the-Square to be retained and re-interpreted for educational and historical purposes at another Denton County location under the direction of the Office of History and Culture.
The Art Committee will continue its mission of adding context to the Memorial as the county works toward continuing the conversation about the Confederacy and slavery – to help ensure future generations learn from the problems of the past to create a brighter future, Denton County Judge Andy Eads said.
Following a unanimous vote by the Commissioners Court to remove and relocate the Memorial on Tuesday, a state antiquities permit application was sent to the Texas Historical Commission seeking permission to remove and relocate the Confederate Memorial from its current location on the Square.
“There is an overwhelming sense that the deep consciousness of America has been touched by events in recent weeks,” Judge Eads said.
“For over one hundred years, this memorial has stood next to the courthouse and meant many things to many different people. To some, it is a linkage to our past heritage and to others, it is a symbol of oppression. We have tried hard to thread the needle between these views: to honor sacrifice while respecting the sensibilities of people who have approached the Denton County Commissioners Court in good faith. We intend to continue to do so.
“As we watched the news reports of other artifacts removed or destroyed across the nation, we came to believe the time had come for action – especially after the destruction of historical elements at our own state capitol, and closer to home when our All War Memorial on our courthouse lawn was desecrated last week,” Judge Eads said.
“Our collective decision is not one taken lightly. However, in weighing the potential for further harm to our businesses, potential for harm to anyone who might seek to destroy it and the law enforcement resources needed to protect it, we believe relocation is the right step,” he said. “Today, this important step is to preserve both community peace and a piece of history.”