The controversial Jefferson Davis marker across the street from Sewell Park was unofficially closed early Monday by Cousins of the Confederacy members.
Members covered the marker with what appears to be garbage bags, and placed a sign reading “temporarily closed, pending further race analysis.”
According to a May 9 Facebook post, members agreed the monument to Confederate President Jefferson Davis should be shut down immediately. Members agreed Texas Department of Transportation officials needed to explain the delay in removing the monument.
The Facebook post, published on the San Marcos Cinema Club’s page, reads:
“At their gathering this morning–held every 150 years to assess the group’s core values—the Cousins agreed by consensus that the disgraceful monument to the failed Confederate leader must be shut down immediately and that the Texas Department of Transportation needs to explain why they have delayed so long in removing it.”
It goes on to state:
“Students, faculty and administration have long called for its ouster—which was expected to be finished this Spring according to the Hays County Historical Commission, and yet it remains—so the Cousins resolved to bag the offensive monument & erect a sign letting passersby know the wretched relic will be ‘temporarily closed, pending further race analysis’.”
Officials and community members have debated the marker’s fate since August 2015.
The monument was vandalized in late April when Jefferson Davis’ name was spray-painted over. University Police Department officers were investigating, said Jayme Blaschke, director of University News Service, in April.
“The university is in ongoing discussions with TxDOT and the Daughters of the Confederacy to have the monument removed and relocated to some other location in Hays County where the history would be preserved,” Blaschke said. “The university is committed to having the marker relocated.”
In February, representatives of the Hays County Historical Commission requested the marker be relocated rather than disposed of.
“At this point, the commission has not been able to find a place to relocate the marker, but I have been informed that it won’t be at the courthouse,” said Luanne Cullen, secretary to HCHC chairman, in February. “We do know that the marker will likely be removed from campus this spring.”
University officials were working on a legal analysis of who has the authority to remove the marker, said Eric Algoe, Finance and Support Services president, in February.
TxDOT officials have jurisdiction over the marker and must approve its relocation. University officials and HCHC representatives were waiting on a response from TxDOT officials after requesting the marker be moved.