Jacksonville sits idly by as Confederate monuments stand
Advocates for removing Jacksonville’s Confederate monuments are growing impatient. Two pots of money for addressing Confederate monuments on public land sit unused, and Jacksonville City Council continues to stall promised action on the monuments.
Over the past year, the council has voted down a $1.3 million plan from Mayor Lenny Curry; voted against putting the issue to voters; shot down a $500,000 removal funding plan; failed to follow its own strategic plan to address Confederate monuments by July; and idled an offer from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to hire outside facilitators to help the city determine the future of the Confederate monuments on public lands.
The city’s lack of action came into focus last weekend when a pro-monument group flew a banner over TIAA Bank Field — a demonstration that drew attention back to Curry’s ceremonious promise more than 2½ years ago to remove the monuments.
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