County officials and members of a committee appointed to relocate the Confederate monuments at the Bastrop County courthouse met for a ceremony on Saturday morning ahead of the monuments’ move to a planned heritage park.
Last summer, the court approved the relocation of two Confederate monuments at the county courthouse and appointed a committee of community members to coordinate their relocation. The committee’s duties include finding a new location for the monuments and raising the funds to do so from private sources. The plan is to develop a public heritage park near Camp Swift on Cool Water Drive, which would preserve the history of the monuments and put them in a more complete historical perspective.
Sumai Lokumbe, one of the committee members, served as the mistress of ceremony on Saturday. Committee member Carl Rees led the pledge of allegiance, Pastor Bob Long gave the opening prayer, and local musician Tim Peterson performed a song titled “Just Praise the Lord” on the flute.
Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape introduced all of the committee members present at Saturday’s ceremony. Committee co-chair Cheryl Lee spoke about the efforts she began almost a year ago to work with Bastrop County to get the monuments removed, and fellow co-chair Sharah Johnson spoke more about the monuments and the committee’s work. Finally, Pape delivered more remarks about the monuments and their history.
Pastor Bernie Jackson closed the ceremony with a closing prayer.