Texas Confederate monument vandalized overnight with ‘This is racist’ graffiti …

  • Confederate Soldiers Monument in Denton Square was discovered vandalized on Monday morning
  • The words ‘Our Confederate Soldiers’, carved on the top of the monument, were covered in red spray paint with ‘This is racist’
  • Statue is located outside the Denton County Courthouse and was erected in 1918
  • Denton residents recently called for the removal of the monument

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A Confederate monument in Texas was vandalized with spray paint over night.

The Confederate Soldiers Monument in Denton Square was discovered with the graffiti on Monday morning.

The words ‘Our Confederate Soldiers’, carved on the top of the monument, were covered in red spray paint with the words ‘This is racist’.

The statue, located outside the Denton County Courthouse, has been at the center of a debate with many pushing to have it removed, NBCDFW reported.

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The Confederate Soldiers Monument in Denton Square was discovered with the graffiti on Monday morning (the vandalized monument pictured above)

The Confederate Soldiers Monument in Denton Square was discovered with the graffiti on Monday morning (the vandalized monument pictured above)

The words 'Our Confederate Soldiers', carved on the top of the monument, were covered in red spray paint with the words 'This is racist'

The words ‘Our Confederate Soldiers’, carved on the top of the monument, were covered in red spray paint with the words ‘This is racist’

The vandalism was reported at 8.50am by a Denton County Judge’s office employee, Denton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sandi Brackeen said.

Those responsible for defacing the federally-protected monument with the graffiti could face serious consequences.

Officials said they are going to review footage taken from the cameras on site to find out who did the act as the investigation continues.

County Commissioner Hugh Coleman said there has been increased security placed on the statue and Denton Square in recent weeks, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

‘If you go over there you will see that there is a camera in the window. (Officials) anticipated it might be vandalized so they took precautions to get media of someone who might deface it,’ Coleman said. 

‘It looks like they used stencils and it was high enough they had to use a ladder.’

The vandalism was reported at 8.50am by a Denton County Judge's office employee, Denton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sandi Brackeen said (the monument was placed on the Square in 1918 by the Daughters of the Confederacy)

The vandalism was reported at 8.50am by a Denton County Judge’s office employee, Denton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sandi Brackeen said (the monument was placed on the Square in 1918 by the Daughters of the Confederacy)

The statue, located outside the Denton County Courthouse, has been at the center of a debate with many pushing to have it removed and replaced with something else on the Square

The statue, located outside the Denton County Courthouse, has been at the center of a debate with many pushing to have it removed and replaced with something else on the Square

The monument erected in 1918 by the Daughters of the Confederacy and depicts a Confederate solider standing at the top of the arch as he stands with a firearm in his hands.

A plaque on the site notes that the monument is ‘intended as a memorial to Denton County citizens who sacrificed themselves for the community’, according to NBCDFW.

The statue, in the wake of the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state capitol, has been at the center of a debate to have it taken down.

Groups such as Dentonites Against Racist Traditions is working to have it removed and replaced with something else on the Square, according to the Dallas Morning News.

‘We don’t want people to come here visiting and then see this monument to a time when hatred and slavery were king,’ Jonathon Vann, one of the groups creators said.

However, others in favor of the statue said it is a monument to soldiers of Denton County who died in the line of duty in the Civil War.

Officials said they are going to review footage of the cameras on the site to find those responsible Those responsible for defacing the federally-protected monument with the graffiti could face serious consequences

Officials said they are going to review footage of the cameras on the site to find those responsible

‘I think the statue commemorates our ancestors,’ said Gary Claytor, who has been active in the online debate over the monument. 

‘Most probably didn’t have slaves, they were family people, and I think a number of them were forced into fighting a war that came to them.’

Last week, a similar incident occurred in North Carolina as two Confederate monuments in Charlotte were vandalized.

One monument unveiled in 1929 had smeared liquid cement across both sides of it while another monument, which had been put up on the grounds of the Old City Hall in 1977, was spray painted with the word ‘racist’.

The crimes come as the nation debates the appropriateness of the Confederate battle flag and Confederate monuments after the shooting of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.


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