The Lubbock Courthouse Confederate Monument is on the Chopping Block

1964. The year after Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech and JFK's assassination. Also the same year of Lubbock County Courthouse's erection of their confederate monument. There is currently a petition for it's removal. Our namesake, Thomas Lubbock, was on the side of Confederacy, with his brother serving as the Texas governor during the Civil War. Here is an article from Lubbock Online describing him in detail, and it assumes that he probably "treated his slaves with respect." How nice.

On many a Facebook feed concerning the debate of confederate statue removal, there are murmurings of "but, history?" to which other's respond "but, museums." President Trump asks the question of irreplaceable beauty (to which Twitter deftly replied). This lends artists, cities, and government officials the question of "what do we replace these with?"

Here is my answer, for Lubbock, Texas. (If you live in another Texas city, do the work, and find out who should voice the replacement for revisionist, bigoted statues.) The Roots Historical Arts Council has their long-term goal posted on their website, headed by artist Eddie Dixon (responsible for the Timothy Brian Cole Memorial), and I submit this as a viable, if not necessary replacement. Please see below:

"The Roots Historical Arts Council’s Long-Range Initiative The National Forgotten West Monument The Nation Forgotten West Heritage Park Project proposes that historic structures from throughout the seventeen western states be located, or replicated, in East Lubbock as part of a national interpretive center. The cornerstone and tourism anchor for the park project will be a bronze relief monument standing three stories tall and stretching in length of a football field, commemorating the contributions of African Americans in the Early American West by Lubbock artist Eddie Dixon. It is estimated the Heritage Park Project will cost approximately $20,000,000. The National Forgotten West Monument Steering Committee will work in concert with the City of Lubbock and Texas Tech University in support of this national effort. Funding the project would be enhanced initially by the creation of the Wind Garden, a kinetic sculpture area, featuring larger-than-life, low cost, wind-animated whirligigs. These artistic and whimsical machines will help spark the initial tourism interest in the site. An equally important component of the developmental concept is also the creation of a Center for Foundry Craft. Students at the center would help to cast and construct the monument while also gaining marketable foundry craft skills in the process of building community pride. The Foundry Craft Center would serve as unique source of in-kind funding as well as a creative trigger for establishing Lubbock as a national art community. "

*The author's opinion's are her own.

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