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The violence in Charlottesville, Va., crystallized for much of the nation the danger of refusing to address painful symbols of the past. But not so in Hillsborough County, where the County Commission on Wednesday reversed itself yet again and left open the possibility of leaving a Confederate monument outside the downtown courthouse. This was a monumental display of cowardice by four Republicans indifferent to the need for moral leadership in this...
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Fundraising for Moving Hillsborough Confederate Monument Spikes
The private fundraising website created to pay to move a Confederate monument in Hillsborough County saw a surge of contributions over the past 48 hours, but still has only raised a total of $7,025, far short of its $100,000 goal. Most of the contributions came in after the racially-motivated violence Saturday in Charlottesville...
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Tampa Bay Bucs are ‘Open’ to Helping Fund Moving Confederate Monument
After the Hillsborough County Commission originally voted to maintain a controversial Confederate statue, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers both called on commissioners to remove the statue, which they did in a re-vote last...
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Daniel Ruth: Sandra Murman, No Kidding, Deserves Praise for Switching Confederate Vote
SPOILER ALERT: The following column is about to state something nice about an elected official. The author of the column is beside himself with bumfuzzlement at finding himself in this rare predicament. But the author remains confident this awkward mood will soon pass. So let's get this...
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Bob Buckhorn ‘Siding’ with Black Lives Matter in Monument Removal, Says Confederate Group
Two days after losing the fight to keep a Confederate monument in front of a Tampa courthouse, a group advocating to preserve the status quo is lashing out at Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn and Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandy Murman. On Wednesday, Hillsborough Commissioners voted 4-2 to remove the statue, called “Memoria In Aeterna,” and send it to the Brandon Family Cemetery. That decision came four weeks after the board originally voted 4-3 to...
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Tampa Lawyer Raises $3,000 to Move Confederate Statue Following Vote
As of Friday morning, about $3,000 had been raised to move the Confederate statue off Hillsborough County property. The Confederate monument, which currently stands outside the old Hillsborough County courthouse, has been the centerpiece of a contentious debate for weeks. Commissioners recently voted 4-2 to move the statue to...
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On Second Thought: Hillsborough Commission Opts to Remove Confederate Monument
Four weeks after the Hillsborough County Commission voted to keep a controversial Confederate monument outside the courthouse annex, commissioners have changed their minds. In a 4-2 vote Wednesday, “Memoria In Aeterna” will now likely be relocated to the Brandon Family Cemetery. Earlier in the day, county officials said the owner of that facility came forward...
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Second Vote Turns a Page on History

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Second Vote Turns a Page on History
For 106 years, Memoria in Aeterna, a monument to Confederate soldiers, has stood in downtown Tampa as a reminder of the city’s Southern roots and, for many, a history of slavery and oppression. But on Wednesday, after 3½ hours of impassioned pleas from the public and contentious debate from the dais...
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More Favor Statue's Removal

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More Favor Statue's Removal
As they prepare to vote again today on the fate of Tampa’s Confederate monument, a majority of Hillsborough County commissioners now say they support removing it from its downtown location. Still to be decided is where to put it. But one potential hurdle, the cost of relocating the statue, has been taken care of: A prominent Tampa lawyer has volunteered to cover those...
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Confederate Statue to be Moved to Brandon Cemetery
Hillsborough County Commissioners voted Wednesday to move a Confederate memorial that has stood outside the county courthouse for more than a century. The move came after more than 100 people spoke out during the meeting, with most of them in favor of its...
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