McKinney seeks public input on Throckmorton statue

McKinney is asking for public input regarding the statue of James W. Throckmorton in downtown. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
McKinney is asking for public input regarding the statue of James W. Throckmorton in downtown. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

McKinney is asking for public input regarding the statue of James W. Throckmorton in downtown. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of McKinney is looking for public input on what options would be best for the statue of James W. Throckmorton, located in downtown. Throckmorton served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

Options include leaving the statue in place, adding additional signage, adding additional statues of other important figures, removing and placing in storage, removing and installing somewhere else, and removing and selling the statue.

An open-ended question also allows respondents to share any other thoughts or comments regarding the Throckmorton statue.

The survey is part of the city’s research related to the historical context, appropriateness and relevance of the statue in McKinney’s downtown, after a number of residents asked for the statue's removal. Answers on the survey will be considered public comments and provided to City Council.

The Throckmorton statue ad hoc advisory board will meet for its last meeting at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17. This meeting will also provide time for public comments. Following this meeting, staff will present the findings from the advisory committee for City Council review and possible action in October.


To take the survey, click here. To learn more about the advisory board and to view the board’s meetings containing information about the history of the statue, click here and search "Throckmorton."

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect a time change for the Sept. 17 board meeting. The board will meet at 4:30 p.m.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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