Remove the Confederate Statue from the Caldwell County Courthouse

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There is a Confederate monument in front of the Caldwell County Courthouse in Lockhart, TX. It was put up in 1923 by United Daughters of the Confederacy. We will be presenting this petition to the Caldwell Country Commissioner's Court on June 9.

 We are proposing that the monument be removed and put in a museum, graveyard or on private property where it can be appreciated in an appropriate historical context. There is a Veteran's Memorial just across the square where locals and visitors can still pay respects to fallen soldiers. 

The UDC has supported white supremacy, the Ku Klux Klan, and altering textbooks to change the narrative around slavery. They were particularly active during the time this statue was erected. 

According to lawyer Greg Huffman, writing in Facing South, "[p]erhaps nothing illuminates the UDC's true nature more than its relationship with the Ku Klux Klan. ...The UDC during Jim Crow venerated the Klan and elevated it to a nearly mythical status. It dealt in and preserved Klan artifacts and symbology. It even served as a sort of public relations agency for the terrorist group."

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