Paducah Heritage Petition for Non-Removal of Confederate Monuments and Dedications
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This is a petition to not allow extreme leftists to destroy or deface our Paducah heritage. Most are unaware of our deep-rooted heritage that goes back to the 1700's. We must not allow those who would deface or destroy our monuments in the name of their own cause under the pretense of "offense". I am not offended by our heritage. It is history. It cannot be changed. Please stand with me and others in this petition to disallow destruction in our community.
We, the undersigned residents of Paducah, submit that the time has come for the protection of all Confederate monuments in the public places of Paducah. They are a representation of our heritage and our history that serve to remind the citizens of Paducah and all of our visitors of a time when brother often fought against brother. The history and foundations of our community are irrevocable, just like our ancestral lineage. We affirm that any monument in Paducah should be treated with respect by those who would be offended by their presence and/or significance, as well.
It is our assertion that these statues serve as a reminder of the heritage of our great community. They remind us of the struggle that our ancestors had to endure, help visitors to know and understand the historic significance of Paducah's place in the annals of time, and relates to subsequent generations the costs of such struggles.
We thus appeal and petition to the Mayor and City Commissioners of Paducah to outline and commit to a process for the restoration and upkeep of the General Lloyd Tilghman Statue on Fountain Avenue and the funding for the restoration and upkeep of the Tilghman Home located at 631 Kentucky Avenue.
We, the undersigned, request your consideration and timely response to this petition.
Paducah Tilghman high school received its name from Augusta Tilghman, the wife of General Lloyd Tilghman, an officer in the Confederate Army. In 1919 as a memorial to their parents, the sons of General Tilghman erected a statue of their father in Paducah and gave the city $20,000 to buy a site for a high school in memory of their mother. That site was located on Murrell Boulevard between Clark and Adams Streets. As a result Augusta Tilghman High School was opened September 19, 1921, replacing the former Paducah High School.
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