To remove a Confederate monument placed in DeLeon Plaza more than 100 years ago would be to destroy a piece of history, said the current president of the William P. Rogers Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

As recent calls to remove or keep the monument, which depicts an unnamed Confederate soldier, continue to spark debate throughout the community, Simone Tipton, the chapter president, said “remembering our history” is of utmost importance. Though the world today looks different than it did in 1912 when the monument was dedicated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, it shouldn’t be removed.

Mark Rosenberg reports on rural community life for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He can be reached at mrosenberg@vicad.com or 361-574-1264 or on Twitter at @markrosenberg32. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/report.

Morgan Theophil covers local government for the Victoria Advocate. She can be reached at 361-580-6511, mtheophil@vicad.com or on Twitter

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Mark Rosenberg writes about rural community life for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He covers Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, and Refugio counties. Questions or tips? Contact: mrosenberg@vicad.com or call 361-574-1264.

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Roy McLaurin

Willie, you sure the mayor and the city council has the final say so in this?

Isn't that like 8 people deciding the fate of the statue? I would guess so, look what their agenda did to the rural schools.

Dale Turner

Obviously the majority of the citizens want the soldier to stay in place.

Daniel Lopez

I agree with Mike Gomez, "We don’t need anything that even slightly resembles the confederacy". We need to take it a step further, we need to tear down the Royston Nave Memorial Museum. Nave studied under mentor Pompeo Luigi Coppini, who was commissioned to do the figures for numerous Confederate monuments, including the Confederate soldier memorial statue named Last Stand, a.k.a. Firing Line, in De Leon Plaza. The Petition must also rule to tear down all the Historical Homes of the Confederacy, "We don’t need anything that even slightly resembles the confederacy". So, after you remove the Confederate soldier memorial statue, tear down the Royston Nave Memorial Museum, tear down all the Historical Homes of the Confederacy even remove the remains from the Grave in the Confederate Cemetery, this will not obliterate the fact, Texas was, Texas is and Texas will always be a Confederate State.

Brian Vandale

Daniel, I'll have to agree with you on the most part. If you're going to remove this monument, then everything else needs to be removed. All of downtown Victoria, as well as all of old Victoria. All the buildings downtown, that segregated blacks from whites,etc.. Also all the homes of the persons living in the time, because these people either owned the businesses or were officials running this city. So every business,home, courthouse and anything else from that era should be demolished. After all it's part of the history from that time and before.

Tim Foerster

Maybe these history deniers could give us a list of things to remove. Statues, books, or anything remotely related to this part of history.

“Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it. You have to expose who you are so that you can determine what you need to become.”

― Cynthia A. Patterson

Mike Gomez

History deniers? There are no statues of Saddam Hussein in Iraq but I doubt that they’ll ever forget that history and I can say the same about Hitler/Germany...These people want to display their heritage on public property. Not that gullible to think that the Civil War will be forgotten because some statue was removed.

Alonzo Salazar

Dan Martin’s comment is correct. The same people who erected it gave Victoria Jim Crow law and the two segregated theaters facing de Leon Plaza of my youth. This statue should be relocated to William P. Rogers Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy private property. This dreadful history not worthy of honoring on public property.

Daniel Martin

The Confederate statue represents Jim Crow. Nothing more. Nothing less. It was installed to make a statement. “Remember your place.”

Rick Dockery

Exactly

Willie Ellis

The decision to remove the statue must not be dependent on finding or agreeing to an alternate location.

The mayor and the city council must vote to remove based on the statue’s undeniable link to slavery and white supremacy.

Once the city council has voted to remove the statue, options for relocation can be discussed.

Brian Vandale

Willie Ellis, you're pretty confident and positive they're going to vote to remove it.

Mike Gomez

They probably won’t remove it but it won’t be because history will be lost. It will be because of the math. History will not be lost in a cemetery. The cemetery is a perfect place for the statue.We don’t need anything that even slightly resembles the confederacy sitting in the middle of the public square.

Michael Dominey

Dallas has removed one from a cemetery.

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