A group of local folks Monday turned out to show their support for something that has stood on the grounds of the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman for nearly 120 years.

A group of local folks Monday turned out to show their support for something that has stood on the grounds of the Grayson County Courthouse in Sherman for nearly 120 years.


Just the night before the supporters arrived, someone defaced the Confederate monument with red paint, Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said. Magers said crews had removed the paint by early Monday morning.


Angel Pride and Sierra Flinn said they were "standing and rallying in front of the Confederate monument that is in front of the Sherman, Texas Courthouse, trying to show our Southern pride and rally against the petition that has been brought forth to have the monument removed," Pride said.


The group is the same one that waved the Confederate flag near the Durant High School during President Barack Obama’s recent trip through the area. She said they are from Texas and local.


The petition to which Pride referred was started by Sherman native Alexander Clark on Change.org several weeks ago. That petition has 157 supporters so far. The Herald Democrat’s attempts to reach Clark Monday were unsuccessful. An opposing petition, started recently by Dusty Williams, asks that the monument be allowed to stay. That petition has 1,997 supporters.


Pride said she isn’t worried their presence Monday would draw more attention to either petition.


"It is part of our history. It’s part of our heritage," Pride said of the flag. "It is part of the South and bigger than that. Confederate veterans and soldiers died under these flags (she referenced a group of battle flags she held in her hands), and died for the South regardless of what flag was flying at the time, it just happened to be these flags."


She said the principle is the same whether one is talking about the flag or the monument on the courthouse law.


"I don’t think there is a difference whatsoever," she said. "They are a part of our history and they are part of the South. I don’t think that any of it needs to be removed."


She said the problem is that people don’t understand the meaning the flag, and the monuments, have in today’s world.


"Did the flag at one point represent slavery? Yes, at one point it did; nobody is denouncing that. Nobody is saying that is not part of the history. That’s history. But that flag also stands for our freedom from the Union and everything that the Union was doing to the South at that time. It wasn’t just strictly about slavery," she said.


The monument has been in Sherman since April 3, 1896. The United Daughters of the Confederacy Dixie Chapter No. 35 rededicated the monument in March of 1996.