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Gainesville City Council votes to remove Confederate monument

Gainesville City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to remove a Confederate monument from a public park in town.
Gainesville City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to remove a Confederate monument from a public park in town.(KXII)
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 12:10 PM CDT
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GAINESVILLE, Texas (KXII) - The Gainesville City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to remove a Confederate monument from a public park in town.

In response to protests that ramped up almost two weeks ago, the Confederate statue in Leonard Park, near the Gold Star Families Monument and Frank Buck Zoo, will be removed and taken to Frontier Village in Denison.

Councilmember Caroline Hendricks says she voted to remove the monument and not destroy it so it can be used for educational purposes.

“I think it’s fine that they exercise their first amendment rights. It’s a legal process people have the right to say what they think should be done that’s right or what they think that has been done wrong, but that movement should be unity within the city,” Hendricks said.

Hendricks says she voted for removal because she believes preserving history and harmony at the same time is possible, and this is the way to do that.

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