A group of Victoria residents will present a formal proposal at the July 21 City Council meeting that calls for the removal of the Confederate monument in DeLeon Plaza.
“At this point, we’re trying to have an open dialogue,” said Kim Pickens, a local homeless advocate who helped organize the June 7 Black Lives Matter protest and is one of the residents calling for the statue’s removal. “Victoria has changed a lot, and we feel like a statue that is specific to the Confederacy is not how we want to be viewed as a city.”
The monument, which depicts an unnamed Confederate soldier, was dedicated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1912. On the back, a plaque dedicating the statue to Confederate soldiers reads, “On Civilization’s Height, Immutable They Stand.”