Remove Confederate Statues from Lubbock Courthouse Lawn

Remove Confederate Statues from Lubbock Courthouse Lawn

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Lubbock Activists Striving to End Racism started this petition to Honorable Curtis Parrish County Judge

Lubbock County Courthouse is home to two racist and unnecessary monuments. On the west end of the Courthouse, the two monuments include inscriptions honoring Thomas S. Lubbock and inaccurate information on the involvement of enslaved African descendants during the Civil War and derogatory mentions of Indigenous/Native people. 

Founded in 1876, Lubbock County was named after former Texas Ranger and Confederate officer Col. Thomas S. Lubbock. Lubbock was also a member of the elite, secretive, and supremacist organization, Knights of the Golden Circle. 

In 1936, a monument honoring Lubbock was erected in the Lubbock Courthouse lawn that is roughly 42 inches tall and donated by the state of Texas. The monument reads statements such as, "...NAMED IN HONOR OF COLONEL THOMAS S. LUBBOCK 1817-1862...".

A few feets to the north of this monument is another that was erected in 1964 by the state of Texas, that on its east side of the stone reads as its last sentence, "SLAVES PROVIDED CORN, COTTON... TO THE ARMY, GIVING MUCH, KEEPING LITTLE FOR THEMSELVES". Leaving this monument disingenuous because any enslaved person at this time had no right to keep anything for themselves. On its west side, it states that Lubbock was an "INDIAN FIGHTER". 

Monuments such as these were erected in the 1960s to discount the Civil Rights Movements by placing symbols of slavery and White supremacy in the public eye. As a growing city, we see it as only fitting to have this monument and its deep history be removed from public display at the Courthouse in Lubbock, Texas. 

In this petition, we call for the Honorable Curtis Parrish-County Judge and all members of the County Commissioners Court to take the symbolic stride to end racism and make amends with the descendants of whom the Confederate leaders, such as Lubbock negatively effected. We ask the Honorable Judge Parrish to intact and begin this process by taking the necessary steps in having the monument located on the west lawn of the Courthouse property removed. We ask that the Honorable Judge Parrish be forward-thinking and open-minded to what this Confederate statue means in times of unrest and injustice. 

This monument does not honor the fallen, nor does it honor anti-racist educational awareness of the Civil War. 

With the removal of the statue, we see this as a form of reparation that all of Lubbock County can participate in; by striving to put an end to the glamorization of the confederacy and its history and connections to American slavery. 

We plan to work on ways in which we can provide costs and a budget to have the monument removed and forms of recycling in which the piece may be taken through when removed, such as placement in a museum or gifting to a BIPOC artist. 

Thank you. 

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