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

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.



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