No commotion as county passes Confederate History Month measure

Posted 2/25/20

Nearly a year after a wave of controversy descended upon the Madison County Commissioners Court over a measure to proclaim April as Confederate History and Heritage Month, commissioners again faced a similar proposal Monday at their regular meeting.

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No commotion as county passes Confederate History Month measure

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Nearly a year after a wave of controversy descended upon the Madison County Commissioners Court over a measure to proclaim April as Confederate History and Heritage Month, commissioners again faced a similar proposal Monday at their regular meeting.

Unlike last year, nobody showed to attempt to dissuade commissioners from the passing the resolution, which they did with no discussion or comment.

Three citizens, mostly veterans, did speak beforehand to urge the passage.

“We we look where we are in the world, we can see our history being ripped apart,” Larry Figley told commissioners.

Retired Navy Captain Leroy Lance said more than 200 Confederate veterans are buried in Madison County and that they deserve to be honored.

“Yes, you can rewrite history, but it will not change what has gone on before us,” he said.

In March 2019, a number of citizens came forward to urge commissioners to vote down the proposal requested by Tommy Mayhood of the Sons of Confederate Veterans Thomas Jewett Goree Camp, an outpost based in Madison County.

The measure was pulled from the March 11 agenda, but rose again on March 25 and approved by commissioners, though with one change: The original request also called for the display of the first national flag of the confederacy on county grounds. Monday’s agenda item likewise omitted the flag.

Steven Green, Madison County NAACP President for Unit 6193, said a proposal that included a flag may have led to more objection.

“It’s a little too in your face,” Green said. “I think it probably would have been an issue again if they were talking about flying a Confederate flag over the courthouse.

“Just to have a proclamation, that’s not a big deal.”

Green also pointed out that Texas has its own proclamation declaring April as Confederate History Month state-wide. That bill passed in 1999.

Commissioners also began discussions Monday about a county plan to control feral hogs, something requested by members of the Madison County Beef and Forage Committee during a January meeting. County Judge Tony Leago started the discussion about a “bounty” program, but after soliciting input from Madison County Extension Agent Chadd Caperton, asked commissioners to consider other measures, including addressing the problem of deer feeders providing feral hogs with food.

“As long as you’ve got deer stands pumping corn all around, you’re going to have feral hogs,” he said. “They’re fat and happy.”

Caperton discussed options that include investing in traps and consulting a professional.

“I would suggest a discussion at least with someone who does this already,” he said.

In other actions Monday, commissioners agreed to distribute $10,000 in hotel and motel occupancy tax funds to three different entities for promotion and advertising. Of the funds, $5,000 will be used to advertise the 2020 Madison County Fair, $3,000 to advertise the 2020 Madisonville Noon Lions Club Gun Show and $2,000 to promote the 2020 Lone Star 5000 Coon Hunt.

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