Advocates raise enough money to relocate controversial Confederate monument in Caldwell County

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LOCKHART, Texas (KXAN) — The debate over a Confederate monument in Lockhart, Texas, continues Monday as a Caldwell County group discusses its ongoing fight to remove a granite obelisk dedicated to soldiers of the Civil War in 1923. The group announced on Monday that it had raised enough money for the relocation project.

The monument is located near the county courthouse.

Last summer, Caldwell County commissioners voted unanimously to remove and relocate the monument elsewhere. But a group of locals says the county left residents with the bill to do it.

  • The debate over a Confederate monument Lockhart, Texas, continues Monday as a Caldwell County group discuss its ongoing fight to remove a granite obelisk dedicated to soldiers of the Civil War in 1923 (KXAN/Todd Bynum)
  • The debate over a Confederate monument Lockhart, Texas, continues Monday as a Caldwell County group discuss its ongoing fight to remove a granite obelisk dedicated to soldiers of the Civil War in 1923 (KXAN/Todd Bynum)
  • The debate over a Confederate monument Lockhart, Texas, continues Monday as a Caldwell County group discuss its ongoing fight to remove a granite obelisk dedicated to soldiers of the Civil War in 1923 (KXAN/Todd Bynum)
  • The debate over a Confederate monument Lockhart, Texas, continues Monday as a Caldwell County group discuss its ongoing fight to remove a granite obelisk dedicated to soldiers of the Civil War in 1923 (KXAN/Todd Bynum)
  • The debate over a Confederate monument Lockhart, Texas, continues Monday as a Caldwell County group discuss its ongoing fight to remove a granite obelisk dedicated to soldiers of the Civil War in 1923 (KXAN/Todd Bynum)
  • The debate over a Confederate monument Lockhart, Texas, continues Monday as a Caldwell County group discuss its ongoing fight to remove a granite obelisk dedicated to soldiers of the Civil War in 1923 (KXAN/Todd Bynum)
  • The debate over a Confederate monument Lockhart, Texas, continues Monday as a Caldwell County group discuss its ongoing fight to remove a granite obelisk dedicated to soldiers of the Civil War in 1923 (KXAN/Todd Bynum)
  • The debate over a Confederate monument Lockhart, Texas, continues Monday as a Caldwell County group discuss its ongoing fight to remove a granite obelisk dedicated to soldiers of the Civil War in 1923 (KXAN/Todd Bynum)
  • The debate over a Confederate monument Lockhart, Texas, continues Monday as a Caldwell County group discuss its ongoing fight to remove a granite obelisk dedicated to soldiers of the Civil War in 1923 (KXAN/Todd Bynum)

The group explains: “After a yearlong campaign, a multiracial coalition persuaded Caldwell County officials to approve relocation of the monument from such a high-visibility area to the county museum instead; however, Commissioners Court required the community to pay $29,600 for the costs.”

The group said it has raised enough for the project through the support of more than 250 different donors.

The next step in the project is for the county to accept the money. Official action from the Commissioners Court is expected on Oct. 11.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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