Orange County names April "Confederate History and Heritage Month"

Some residents in Orange County want the county to reconsider a recent decision proclaiming this April "Confederate History and Heritage Month".

County commissioners unanimously approved the proclamation Monday.

"I feel that it resurrected some of the bad feelings of the 19th century, and I think people need to move on," said Orange County resident Ralph Hawkins.

County Judge Carl Thibodeaux says this is at least the 5th year in a row that April, the month in which the Civil War began, has been named Confederate Heritage Month in Orange County.

Thibodeaux says the request has been made every year by the Orange division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the same organization that is constructing a Confederate war memorial on MLK Drive in Orange.

Part of the proclamation states, "It is important for all citizens of Orange County to reflect upon our past and to respect the devotion of her Confederate leaders, soldiers, and citizens to the cause of Southern Liberty".

"Texas was part of the Confederacy... I believe if they want to celebrate a part of history then there's nothing wrong with that," said Orange County resident Sherry Pavey.

"We're not condoning anything that happened during the Civil War, we're not saying it was right or wrong, all we're doing is honoring those individuals that lost their lives in the Civil War doing something they thought was right at the time," said Thibodeaux.

"Remember there was more than just soldiers that died, there was slaves that died," said Hawkins.

Thibodeaux says as far as he knows, Commissioners Court has never turned down a request for a special proclamation. Commissioners also approved naming this April "Child Abuse Awareness Month".

One thing that might give Hawkins solace? The proclamation makes April Confederate Heritage Month in name only. There are no events or celebrations that go along with it.  



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