The fate of a Brownsville monument remains unclear

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Meetings to discuss the fate of a Brownsville confederate monument took place 10 months ago. Today, it remains unclear what will become of the Jefferson Davis Memorial.

In September of 2017, the Jefferson Davis Memorial in Brownsville was vandalized.

“No Trump,” “No KKK,” and “Fascist USA” were the words that were spray painted on the monument.

The act of vandalism occurred during a time when many confederate monuments were being defaced across the country.

Brownsville officials held workshops and town halls to hear what people thought of the confederate monument.

Organizations presented options in an effort to come to a conclusion about what would be the fate of the monument.

“A lot of time was invested. A lot of time, a lot of energy and, I’m assuming, a lot of money was put into finding what the public perception was of the rock,” said communication strategist for The Equal Voice Network, Michelle Serrano.

Serrano says that since the last meeting took place 10 months ago, they have been waiting.

At the town halls, community members were surveyed and spoke their minds on what they wanted done.

In March, Brownsville City Commissioner, Ben Neece, told CBS 4 that the commission needed to hear from all parties.

“The interested parties and the stakeholders to the table so we can have discussions and get input from them,” Neece stated in March.

As of right now, there is still no word as to when the next decision will be made.

CBS 4 did reach out to the city of Brownsville, as well as the United Daughters of Confederacy for comment however, we did not receive a response by our deadline.

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