In our park, the Marktplatz (Market Square), this statue of John Meusebach and the Comanche chief is displayed for its unique significance in Texas history.
I share with you this quote from an article here about the Fredericksburg history of Germany immigrants and the Comanche:
During the negotiations which began on March 1, and ended on the following day, Meusebach’s lack of prejudice toward the Indians, a view seldom shared by most whites, was reflected in his opening words to the assembled chiefs. “I do not disdain my red brethren because their skin is darker, and I do not think more of the white people because their complexion is lighter.” Meusebach also stressed that his people were neither Texan nor Mexican, two peoples the Comanches hated the most. Even more important than his words, however, were the terms of peace offered by the former German baron.
Fredericksburg and Texas history are rich in stories of immigration, conflict and struggles for freedom. My purpose in sharing this with you is to reflect on our current difficulties in working toward peace in our world of immigration, conflict and struggles. There is no enemy more formidable than these Comanche for the German immigrants who came to town. Differences in beliefs and intent give fuel to disagreements and wars. But there must be ways to arrive at a common ground. Meusebach and the Comancheria found this and lived lives in peace. A great example for our leaders today.
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