Jeff Rawls

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.

Confederate statue in the middle of the walkway outside the courthouse, large courthouse in the background.
Sky Lebron / WJCT News

After a three-hour workshop that aired many different perspectives, the Putnam County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday evening decided to begin the process of relocating the large Confederate statue that stands outside the County Courthouse in Palatka.  

“After thinking about it for a month, are we gonna make everybody happy? No, we're not,” said Commission Chair Terry Turner. “We're not gonna make them happy if we leave it. We're not going to make them happy if we move it. We're not gonna make them happy if we put it on the ballot.”