Putnam County Courthouse

large confederate statue next to the entrance of the putnam county courthouse, some of the sky is in view
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The citizen-led Statue Relocation Committee met in Palatka for the first time Friday to discuss potential places to relocate the large Confederate statue standing outside of the Putnam County Courthouse.

Confederate statue in the middle of the walkway outside the courthouse, large courthouse in the background.
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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.”

Two pictures - one is Tevel Adams speaking to a crowd of people, while the other is another crowd outside the Putnam County Courthouse, surrounding the monument.
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The potential relocation of a Confederate soldier monument outside the Putnam County Courthouse continues to be hotly debated among the community, and beyond.