Marshall City Council declines to pass resolution citing history of slavery in the city

Updated: Apr. 22, 2021 at 11:41 PM CDT
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MARSHALL, Texas (KLTV) - Marshall City Council members did not pass a revisited resolution concerning reparations for slavery. The resolution, aimed to institute some form of reparations for slavery in Marshall, was pulled by City Council on April 8, for unknown reasons.

The resolution presented by Council Member Marvin Bonner cites a long history of slavery in Marshall. The goal of the resolution was to put proposals into motion that would officially declare the institution of slavery to be a crime against humanity while also “passing a reparations ordinance,” in Marshall.

Other sections would have brought education regarding Marshall’s history of slavery, preserve slave records, and allow for the removal of a confederate statue in Downtown Marshall at the Harrison County Courthouse.

Before the vote, Bonner said, “We as council members, we have a chance to give some closure to this issue that has been long overdue and I believe that most of the residents in Marshall agree with passing this. So hopefully we can and we can start building a better Marshall, a better city.”

The resolution died (4-3) after a motion to amend it failed with no motion following.

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