Q&A: What does Willie Hudspeth think about the county’s Confederate statue plans? | News

Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.. Local activist Willie Hudspeth gives his thoughts about the county’s plans to update the Confederate statue during an interview at his shop on Friday. Local activist Willie Hudspeth gives his thoughts about the county’s plans to update the Confederate statue during an interview at his shop on Friday. Willie Hudspeth usually stands in front of the Confederate soldier statue downtown when he protests it. On Tuesday, Hudspeth learned during a long-awaited announcement that county officials will include a bronze statue devoted to black history in Denton County behind the soldier that faces Hickory Street. “When I saw where they put that statue of the African American representation, all of the things that they’ve lied about in years past came crashing in on me,” he said. “It’s bowing down to the leader.” The plan, as recommended in 2018 by a committee appointed by the commissioners, is to add a granite piece that denounces slavery, add a memorial for black history, and add information kiosks about the Confederate monument. And they’ll reconnect the water that feeds the two dr...

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