Local activists push for removal of confederate monument

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Jefferson Davis monument continues to stand at the entrance of Washington Park in Brownsville. A group of residents continue to fight for its removal.

“This is an artifact of white supremacy, because that’s what it is. This is an artifact of white supremacy,” Mark Kaswan, an activist with Frontera Progressives said as he turned and looked at the 92-year-old monument that memorialize Jefferson Davis, the only president of the confederate states.

“He was a strong proponent of white supremacy and the United Daughters of the Confederacy really were calling him a martyr. Really reflects their purpose which is to promote this idea of white supremacy.”

Kaswan and his organization have been involved in the movement to remove the monument from the park for the last three years.

“People were pretty clear that they wanted the memorial out of Washington Park. There’s been a lack of clarity as far as what exactly to do with it,” he added.

He said his organization and many people in the community continue to call on the city to remove the memorial from Washington Park.

We reached out to Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez and in a written statement he told us, “As previously stated, the item has been requested for a future agenda where it will be addressed. I have reached out to the Brownsville Historical Association, who has advised that they are willing to take both the rock and plaque. I would like to get this matter finalized and move on so that we can focus on making out city the best it can be.”

Something activists like Kaswan look forward to but with a few doubts in mind.

“We’re not sure whether we can really trust Brownsville Historical Association, Brownsville Historical Museum to place the memorial in the right context. We’re still working on some things and we’ll have further developments,” he said.

Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez adds that the plaque was placed many years ago and does not reflect the current values or ideals of our current society.

We will continue to update you on this story as new developments become available.

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