SEVERAL CITIZENS ADDRESSED COMMISSIONERS ON REMOVAL OR RETENTION OF THE CONFEDERATE MONUMENT AT THE COURTHOUSE

Around 15 people addressed Walker County Commissioners’ Court Monday morning in regard to the issue of keeping or removing the Confederate Monument from the courthouse lawn. A full spectrum of negative issues from it’s personal offense to current African Americans, to the horror of slavery in the South, to the mistreatment of blacks during the times of Jim Crow laws to the personal experience of one speaker who was threatened by a racist person near the site recently, were passed along.

A few were in favor of keeping the monument on site.

The local student who had originally started a petition to remove the monument, sixteen-year-old Kathleen Williams said the number of people signing the petition had risen to over 4,000.

Ms. Williams told the story of a black woman who was unjustly killed on the day Emancipation was announced in Huntsville . . . .

One of those in favor of letting the monument stay was Dale Morningstar . . . .

Whether the monument issue is seen as an agonizing reminder and unsympathetic insult to local African Americans or a political football hijacked by Black Lives Matter, many of those who have spoken during the last two commissioners’ sessions want an agenda item before commissioners to vote one way or the other regarding its removal.

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