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Confederate statue at Bell County Courthouse to remain after skipped vote

Posted at 1:49 PM, Apr 29, 2022
and last updated 2023-01-23 15:16:07-05

BELL COUNTY, Texas — STORY UPDATE: A Confederate statue is set to remain standing after Bell County Commissioners failed to second a motion, officials said.

As confirmed by the Bell County Commissioner of Precinct 4, the motion called for the destruction of a Confederate statue outside the Bell County Courthouse.

However, said motion did not receive a second, and now the vote is set to be carried on a later date.

This is now the third time the statute has come up in Commissioner's Court and failed to move forward.


A group of residents is calling for change saying the confederate statue in front of the Bell County Courthouse has got to go.

This week, the Bell County commissioners failed to second a motion; if approved, would’ve removed the confederate statue from in front of the courthouse.

During the demonstration in front of the courthouse, several local city and community leaders spoke about how the statue doesn’t represent the views of the entire community and glorifies soldiers who were enemies of our community.

“I go home and I have nightmares because that statue represents my ancestors who died and who were raped, who were lynched by those people. Confederate daughters put that up, we’ve got to get that down,” said Bell County resident Shirley Fleming.

County commissioner candidates Louie Minor and Stacey Wilson were in attendance as well as Nolanville Mayor Andy Williams and Harker Heights Councilwoman Lynda Nash King.

The group said the statue should be relocated to the Bell County Museum. They plan to continue showing up once every month in front of the Bell County courthouse until changes are made.