Madison County Commissioners approve Confederate History Proclamation

Published: Mar. 25, 2019 at 5:41 PM CDT
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Madison County Commissioners are officially marking April as Confederate History and Heritage Month. Monday morning the agenda item was approved by the group.

County Judge Tony Leago said two men asked the item be put back on the agenda last week. He said the proclamation is a piece of paper and nothing more.

"No news with this this time. The county had accepted this proclamation for the last ten years without any incidences. Some reason, some way, somehow, someone decided to try to make problems for our county," said Judge Leago.

Two weeks ago the request was withdrawn after people raised concerns. On March 11, a Madison County resident withdrew his proclamation request at the request of the county judge. Leago said, this time, six to seven people spoke in its favor.

Some residents were very surprised the item came back.

"I was very shocked that it came up on the agenda again," said Linda Sueing-Jackson, a Midway resident and member of the local NAACP Chapter. She was the only person to speak against the proclamation Monday.

"We didn't mind and we felt that anyone can celebrate fallen soldiers. However, celebrating a man's bravery is not equivalent to honoring him for the causes for which he fought and this cause was because of slavery which is a very immoral and racist cause," she said.

“I think it will certainly continue the division of hatred, just the divide and what we wanted is smart progressive county," she said.

Several county commissioners said they feel like the proclamation recognizes a part of Texas history. Judge Leago says Monday's meeting was nothing out of the ordinary.

"We care about each other and we care about this county and I can assure you what I sensed from this meeting, what I got out of this meeting, was the people of this county, together, they rallied together to move forward for what’s best for this county," he said.

"It's very divisive and we trying to to move the community forward. That's what we're trying to do. You know I'm very disappointed with what the court did today," said Steven Green, Madison County NAACP President for Unit 6193.

Green said they will move forward to improve relationships. The chapter also said they may work on outreach efforts on the history of the Civil War and slavery.

"The 50 years that I’ve lived in Madisonville, it’s been a pretty good community for me to live in. We have these issues, but on the main front, we all are coming together in times that need to be coming together. So we want to really continue that part of it," said Green.

The county judge said anyone can request an item be put on the agenda for consideration. The judge only votes in case of a tie and didn't vote Monday on this issue.