I love the bronze statues in Nacogdoches. Thanks to many local donors and the Friends of Historic Nacogdoches, we have life-like representations of historical Nacogdoches residents on Main Street, Mound Street, and the Stephen F. Austin State University Campus. I don’t know how the statues were chosen or who approved them. I will give the benefit of the doubt and assume that neglecting to include one of our African-American founders was an accident. I know some of the donors, and I can vouch for their love of our multiracial community. The fact remains, there are eleven white people, one Native American, one Hispanic person, a horse, a bird, and a dog, but no black people.
However, it is time to fix this. We must respect the black heroes, such as free man William Goyens, who fought for Texas independence from Mexico, brokered treaties with the Cherokees, and helped make Nacogdoches the thriving trade center of early Texas settlement. The center frame in the featured image is the Goyens Monument, located directly in front of the courthouse. I am putting together a proposal to the Friends of Historic Nacogdoches to erect a statue in his honor.