Throckmorton statue advisory board findings expected to be presented Oct. 20 to McKinney Council

Findings from the Throckmorton statue advisory board will be made in late October. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Findings from the Throckmorton statue advisory board will be made in late October. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

Findings from the Throckmorton statue advisory board will be made in late October. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

McKinney City Council amended a resolution that formed the Throckmorton Statue Ad Hoc Advisory board during a special meeting Sept. 22. The resolution extends the date of the advisory board to Oct. 20, which is when city staff expects to bring the recommendation regarding the statue of James W. Throckmorton in downtown McKinney back to council.

The resolution also provides for the advisory board to give presentations to the council on whether the statue should be removed or stay where it is as it is now or with additional signage, city staff said. Throckmorton served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.


The advisory board helps guide 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. The city is also seeking public feedback on the statue.

Council Member La’Shadion Shemwell said during council comments that while he was initially displeased with the formation of the board, he has since changed his mind. He spoke in favor of the dialogue and education occurring in the meetings.

During initial conversations regarding the board, Shemwell urged city staff to have the board complete its task as quickly as possible. Shemwell is facing a recall election Nov. 3, and said he wanted the opportunity to represent his constituents regarding the Throckmorton statue before the election.
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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