For over two years an interfaith and inter-racial group in Georgetown has been engaging in “Courageous Conversations” about race.
In our efforts to create the kind of “Beloved Community” Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned, we have been working on several initiatives to advance racial reconciliation, address institutional and systemic racism, and to promote education and health care equity, economic justice, public safety and affordable housing.
One initiative is an application to the Texas Historical Commission (THC) to have a historical marker placed next to the Confederate monument standing on the south side of the Williamson County Courthouse.
We believe this 1916 monument reflects the era of Jim Crow laws and white supremacy that we no longer endorse in this county. Our application for the marker beside the Confederate monument seeks to explain the historical context of this monument and to affirm that this symbol of racism from the past stands in contradiction to our values today.
For this application to move forward, the Williamson County Commissioners Court will need to sign a permission form to allow the State of Texas to install such a marker on the Courthouse grounds.
While the Williamson County Courthouse grounds has numerous historical markers and statues, we have encountered widespread resistance in the county and within the Commissioners Court to placing such a marker next to the Confederate monument.
We are soliciting as much support as we can from citizen groups, faith communities, businesses and individuals who believe this symbol of racism needs to be balanced with historical truth. For our position on the statue, please click here.
The Williamson County Commissioners Court has agreed to discuss our request their Nov. 15 meeting at the Williamson County Courthouse building on the square in downtown Georgetown. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.
Please consider attending this meeting and wear your CCGTX t-shirt or white to show your support . And, please contact County Judge Dan Gattis and your County Commissioner to show supporter and encourage them to approve. Click here for a sample letter to send to Commissioners Court members.
To read the very informative, well-researched application seeking THC’s approval to install a historical marker next to the Confederate monument, please click here.
With appreciation for your consideration of speaking out on racial reconciliation efforts,
Lou Snead, Chair
The Cultural and Historical Advocacy Team
of Courageous Conversations Georgetown