Williamson County commissioners voted Tuesday against submitting an application to the state for a plaque mentioning slavery to be placed next to a Confederate statue. Some of the commissioners, however, said they would consider other proposals, including a statue honoring the Civil Rights era.
“There needs to be a conversation and exploring what else can be done,” Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis said before the vote.
The two groups in favor of the slavery plaque, Courageous Conversations and Undoing Racism Round Rock, wanted it to represent “tragic and painful aspects of our shared history,” including the fact that the Confederate statue was erected during the Jim Crow era, he said.
Shelby Little, the commander of the Williamson County Grays, a chapter of the Sons of the Confederacy, told commissioners before they voted that the plaque would only cause community divisiveness.