BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Tuesday, the Brownsville City Commission voted unanimously to remove the Jefferson Davis monument.
The statue is currently still standing but will be removed in the next 24 hours.
The problem now is figuring out who owns the monument and where it will go.
“It’s very exciting. This has been a long time coming,” said Mark Kaswan, co-founder of Frontera Progressives.
The decision to remove the Jefferson Davis Monument comes after weeks of debate and outcry from the public over what the monument represents.
Now, city commissioners have decided to remove it as soon as possible.
“We want to make sure that this is done swiftly and also done without any additional extracurricular activity, so we do have a plan and I would assure you that this will be removed within 24 hours,” said Noel Bernal, Brownsville City Manager.
Many activists, like Mark Kaswan from the Frontera Progressives, who called on the city for its removal, are thrilled with the outcome.
“I can say that the clock has started, so we’re going to watch for them to get that memorial out of there by the end of the day tomorrow,” said Kaswan.
There is still uncertainty about the ownership of the monument and where it will be stored.
Kaswan hopes the city will allow the community to take part in that decision.
“Will initiate a process that involves members of the community, that involves community voices so that we can have input into exactly what ends up happening with it,” said Kaswan.
The monument is expected to be removed within 24 hours, but until ownership can be confirmed the monument will be stored by the city.