Protests held over Confederate monument at Memorial Auditorium

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Protesters petitioned Monday for the removal of a Confederate monument outside of Memorial Auditorium.

The petition to remove the statue came down about a month ago and has been gaining momentum.

On one side of the argument, people are saying it’s time to move on from the history of racism, while others are saying that we need to hold on to history.

“We just want everything to be equal, and we just want to be heard,” said protest organizer Sonya Jones.

“These monuments stand to represent the soldiers that fought,” said Wichita County Resident Gary Hopkins. “There were many that didn’t go home, and many of them were shoved into mass graves or just left on the battlefield to rot.”

Hopkins says the monument does not stand for hate or racism, but to remember and honor fallen soldiers.

“They didn’t get a headstone or a graveyard plot, they got a monument to remember them,” said Hopkins.

Jones says this is the first of multiple projects they have in line to get some change in the community.

“I was raised to believe if you don’t stand up for something, you fall for anything,” said Hopkins. “So that’s what we’re doing, we are standing up and defending what’s ours.

The proposal has gone to the WF City Council to consider moving the monument off of the lawn of Memorial Auditorium and to a museum.

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