In response to the story ("Protesters cover Confederate statue, renew calls for its removal," The Daily News, June 20-21): I do hope everyone can understand and appreciate the symbology of this monument titled “Dignified Resignation.”

Above all, the broken sword is the historic symbol of defeat. The flag over the shoulder of the figure is a Naval Jack and not a confederate national flag. A dismantled cannon lay idle at his feet. His gaze is into the future. Such a powerful image to admit defeat, lay down the sword and look to a unified nation ahead.

If anything, this statue shouldn't be covered or removed but understood to be a vision of a new and better future.

Galveston resident Mollie Rosenberg spearheaded the campaign to commission this statue in the early 1900s. As a young girl in Maryland, she had witnessed and personally experienced the devastation and heartache brought with war. Through her leadership in the United Daughters of the Confederacy, she gave this monument to the city and with it, its message of defeat but hope for tomorrow.

Judy Bernard

West Columbia, Texas

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(3) comments

Carlos Ponce

Thank you Judy Bernard for observing what is there. It's been years since I have seen the monument up close in the 1970s. I had forgotten the flag he carries was not a Confederate Stars and Bars nor Battle flag but a Naval Jack.

Kimberley Jones Yancy

Dignified Resignation statue must go in the public square. Its still a glamorization of the Confederacy and an insult to African-Americans. For some its a symbol of hate and a guise to promote the ideals of the Confederacy as the Daughters of the Confederacy group did in the 1900's as symbols of White Supremacy. We are well aware of the Daughters of the Confederacy goals to promote this premise especially during that period of time in 1912. My grandmother would tell me like to look at the statue because it was not for us. I was nine years old. Later, I found out why she said it wasn't for us. The crazies thing is how people think we have never said anything about it until now. There were always groups that protested this statue but no one paid attention in the past. Just like there are groups that have protested against the use of the word "enslaved workers" to describe slaves in our school history books today. A worker gets paid, but again its a white washing of history. In the same frame as "Dignified Resignation" statue to give that "it wasn't too bad" expression. Slavery was horrific and terrified an entire race of people for years. This statue is just "Stone Terror" but its the psychological aroma of terror that has tried to paralyze African-Americans to go along to get along in order to survive.

Carlos Ponce

"Its still a glamorization of the Confederacy and an insult to African-Americans."

Take a careful look at the statue: Broken sword, dismantled firearm, Naval flag over his shoulder does not glamorize the Confederacy nor slavery. It shows a defeated man who fought for the Confederacy. It stood in the County Courthouse square for over a hundred years without offending or insulting anyone. Be honest, the first time you saw it, did the presence of the statue really offend you? Isaac Fanuiel had seen it for years and he found no offense until 2014 after the statue had been there 102 years.

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