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Sample letter to send to City Council, the mayor, and the Arts and Cultural Commission
To Whom It May Concern:
As a residents of Corpus Christi, we are writing to express our opinion on the Queen of the Sea fountain in La Retama Park. It is one of many pieces in the Corpus Christi Public Art Collection which is owned by the citizens of Corpus Christi.
As the statue was commissioned by the Daughters of the Confederacy to commemorate Confederate soldiers from Texas we think it no longer has a place in our city and would like to start the discussion on removing it and replacing it with something that better reflects our ideals.
Confederate symbols on public land, in effect, endorse white supremacy. These homages to the confederacy are a symbolic reminder of the violence and dehumanization people of color and specifically Black people have faced for centuries. Without dissociating from the values of the confederacy, we are effectively co-signing them.
The fountain has also cost the city quite a bit of money to maintain- around $50,000 for its latest restoration which took place in early 2019- and we would rather those funds be applied toward the betterment of our community.
To Mayor McComb, City Council, and the City’s Arts and Cultural Commission, please take the necessary steps to remove or re-dedicate this monument as soon as possible.
- Corpus Christi DSA