Petition Drive set for Saturday, August 8 at the Monument in downtown Texarkana 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Confederate Mother’s Monument in downtown Texarkana continues to have petition drives both online and in public. One petition is asking the city to remove the monument to a museum setting while the other is asking for the monument to be left at its current location. The monument, and the petitions surrounding it, have been the topic of several news reports and social media postings.
Renee Monroe spoke with the Four States News today and is currently planning a petition drive to keep the monument at its current location. Mrs. Monroe stated the monument has been at its current locations for 102 years and that it honors mothers of people who went to war during the Civil War. Mrs. Monroe stated the monument is a “Beautiful statue to mothers of everyday people.” Mrs. Monroe said there has been an online petition, but that Saturday’s drive will be held at the monument. Currently Texarkana, Texas citizens can sign the petition to keep the monument. There has been a separate Arkansas side petition, but it has been indicated that Texarkana, Texas City Council will not consider the Arkansas petition.
Those wishing to sign the petition may do so Saturday, August 8 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Mrs. Monroe stated local authorities are aware of the event and plan to monitor to ensure safety for all citizens.
It was noted that those supporting the petition to have the monument removed may have another event near the monument, but as of this date, the Four States News has not been notified of a time or date for such a signing. The Texarkana City Council plans to meet Monday, August 10, and again on August 24. Mrs. Monroe stated the petition to keep the monument will be provided to the city for consideration.
The petition signing will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the monument site in Texarkana.