Confederate Monuments

Former Jacksonville attorney Earl Johnson Jr. is pictured Thursday at James Weldon Johnson Park.
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Former Jacksonville attorney Earl Johnson Jr. is arguing in a lawsuit filed Thursday that Confederate monuments on public land, and maintained by public funding, are unconstitutional government endorsements of white supremacy. 

statue outside of the putnam county courthouse, impeding the way up to the steps.
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After months of discussion, the Putnam County Board of Commissioners cast a final vote on the next steps regarding the Confederate statue outside of the County Courthouse.

St. Augustine Confederate Memorial Set On Fire, Vandalized

Sep 25, 2020
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A Confederate memorial that was recently moved from downtown St. Augustine to the Trout Creek Fish Camp has been the target of vandalism.

Pedestal in the middle of Hemming Park where a confederate mounment used to be on top, downtown buildings in the background, and the skyrail
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Councilman Garrett Dennis filed a bill this week that would urge the city to give the recently taken down Charles Hemming monument back to the Hemming family. 

What to do with this statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith remains in limbo.
News Service of Florida

Florida will hold off for now on deciding the future home of a statue of a Confederate general that has represented the state at the U.S. Capitol for nearly a century.

William Loring monument, etched in it is a confederate flag, in a park, with two people sitting in a bench behind it.
Mary Cobb

More than 100 Confederate monuments and symbols have been removed across the country this year and Florida is taking them down faster than 46 other states.

people standing outside the courthouse next to the street, the statue in the middle of a pathway leading up to the courthouse, bloced off by big barriers. Courthouse in the background.
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The Putnam County Commission formed its 11-person citizen’s committee during its Tuesday afternoon workshop. 

The Confederate War Memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
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St. Augustine’s contractor has started the process of relocating the Confederate monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion.

The Confederate War Memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
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In a 3-to-2 vote Monday night, the St. Augustine City Commission approved a plan to move the Confederate monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion to the Trout Creek Fish Camp.

The Confederate War Memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
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St. Augustine City Manager John Regan is recommending that the Confederate memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion be relocated to the Trout Creek Fish Camp.

Empty pedestal in Hemming Park where the Confederate monument once stood. Building and trees in the background
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

During Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s COVID-19 media briefing Wednesday afternoon, he weighed in on the renaming of Downtown’s Hemming Park and provided some context on the city’s removal of Confederate monuments and markers. 

Putnam County Courthouse and the monument right in the middle of the entrance, with many protesters surrounding the area.
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A portion of Tuesday’s Putnam Board of County Commissioners Workshop was dedicated to speaking about the generic Confederate soldier monument that stands in front of the entrance of the courthouse.

The Pensacola City Council on Tuesday could vote to remove the Confederate monument. The monument, which rests on Lee Square in Pensacola, was erected in 1891, 26 years after the end of the Civil War.

The monument features three Confederate leaders: Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy who died in 1890; Stephen Mallory, secretary of the Confederate Navy who lived in Pensacola after the war; and Edward Aynesworth Perry, a relatively unknown Confederate general and governor of Florida in the 1880s. Perry was the driving force behind the monument's creation.

William Loring monument, etched in it is a confederate flag, in a park, with two people sitting in a bench behind it.
Mary Cobb

St. Augustine activists successfully pushed for the removal of a confederate obelisk from the city plaza this week, and now they’re shifting their full attention to another Confederate monument erected in the city. 

City of St. Augustuine

Leaders of the country's oldest city have decided to move a Confederate memorial that has been a fixture in its central plaza for 140 years.

Bill Would Ban Georgia’s Confederate Monuments

Jun 23, 2020

If state Rep. Shelley Hutchinson had her way, the inside of Georgia's Capitol would look much different.

"If you owned slaves, if you advocated for slavery, then you shouldn't be glorified," said Hutchinson, D-Snellville.

For years, there has been on again, off again conversation in Macon about moving the Confederate statue at the foot of Cotton Avenue. Now is a definitely an on again time, as it is for monuments elsewhere.

Coinciding with the Juneteenth holiday, artists in Macon built a box around the foot of the statue to create a place for creative expression and hopefully spurring positive conversation about what to do about the statue, conversations couched in love rather than hate.

The Confederate War Memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
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The fate of the Confederate monument in Downtown St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion will likely be decided at this Monday’s city commission meeting.

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The city of Jacksonville will be removing its Confederate monuments and markers, the mayor announced last week.

So what should happen to them next?

Ennis Davis and Bill Delaney with the Jaxson weigh in on this edition of The Jaxson on WJCT.


Amid renewed calls for the renaming of schools dedicated to Confederate civil war figures, the Duval County Public School Board voted Tuesday night to explore changing the names of six schools.

"A tribute to the Women of the Southern Confederacy" greets visitors to Jacksonville's Confederate Park on Sunday, June 14, 2020.
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One of Jacksonville’s oldest and most historic parks will likely soon look different as Mayor Lenny Curry has vowed the city will take down Confederate monuments around Jacksonville.

Mayor Curry speaking alongside Sheriff Mike Williams, Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette and comedian Lil Duval
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At an organized march Tuesday morning, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the Confederate monument taken down at Hemming Park before sunrise will not be the only one. 

Michelle Corum / WJCT News

The Confederate monument in Hemming Park in Downtown Jacksonville was removed early Tuesday morning before sunrise.


TakeEmDownEverywhere is an inclusive coalition of organizers committed to the removal of all symbols of white supremacy from the public landscape.

Ryan Benk / WJCT

Thursday on First Coast Connect we heard about Saturday’s History Revealed walking tour of Confederate Statues and the history of Jacksonville’s racial past with #TakeEmDownJax co-founder Kris Kiernan, historian and author Tim Gilmore and Wells Todd from the Jacksonville Progressive Coalition (01:05).


After a few days of black activists demanding St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver denounce and stop advertising with a blogger who sent a racist email to a subscriber, Shaver said she’s discontinued their professional relationship and condemned the “name calling.” 

Our weekly Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect featured guest host A.G. Gancarski from Our panelist were:

  • Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall
  • WJCT contributor Fred Matthews
  • Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton
  • WJCT reporter Ryan Benk (01:11).

Issues discussed included:

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The St. Augustine City Commission meets Monday evening and on the agenda is a presentation by the Confederate Monument Committee.

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After spending nearly a century in the nation’s capital, Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith is moving to Tavares.

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On June 19, the national anniversary celebrating of the end of slavery, Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche said she intends to file legislation setting up a strategy for the city to claim a piece of its painful history. In many southern cities, the celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation.