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.