Lamar County, Texas (KETK) - A monument on the grounds of an East Texas courthouse will stay following a meeting on Friday.
On Friday, the Lamar County Commissioners Court held a special meeting to discuss and take action in regards to relocating a Confederate statue that currently resides on the south lawn of the Lamar County Courthouse.
Prior to the meeting, the United Daughters of the Confederacy Rufus C. Burleson 2709, Texas Division, claimed the county had already hired a crane to move the monument and did not believe a fair discussion would be had.
According to The Paris News, a vote to file for a relocation permit failed after the tally was 2-2, meaning the monument will stay in its current location.
The Paris News reports Lamar County Judge Chuck Superville said, ""I think in the near term, it's a nonstarter. I mean that it's not going anywhere. In the near term it's over for now, but in the broader context, it will reemerge."
Lamar County, whose county seat is Paris, was formed by the Congress of the Republic of Texas on December 17, 1840. It is named for the second president of Texas, Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar.