After months of debate about whether or not to keep, remove and or relocate the Confederate statue sitting at the former Hopkins County Courthouse, a compromise has been suggested.
Judge Executive Jack Whitfield announced that after working with several local organizations, a plan of building a new statue that represents the Union side of the Civil War was well received.
“I said this from the start, ‘we can use this as a teaching moment to learn about the past and the atrocities committed and the evils of the civil war in general,” he said. “So, I think we need to teach people about that so we don’t ever go back to something like that.”
The big question -- how will it be paid for?
As for now, it won’t be from any tax dollars, but from fundraising.
“It’s going to be a completely privately funded initiative," Whitfield said. "But there are still a lot of details to work out, work through with different groups, different people. We’ll get a committee together to move forward with it.”