The president of Jacksonville City Council answered the this week of weekend protestors asking several city departments to conduct an inventory of all Confederate monuments, memorials and markers on public property with the intention of asking that they be removed.
“At the end of the day, I’d like to move them,” President Anna Broshes said. “I’d like to make sure that we can appreciate the history and heritage of what these memorials, monuments and markers mean to the city of Jacksonville. At the same time, also realize that these are symbols that evoke a significant amount of negative emotion for some in our community.”
On Sundaym hundreds of demostartores came together at Memorial Park in Riverside for a candlelight vigil in support of the victims mowed down in Charlottesville, Virginia by a driver who crashed a car into a crowd protesting a white supremacist rally on Saturday.
The crowd was riled up and in unison began chanting that the Confederate monuments must also come down.
“Whether they are statues, schools, parks or bridges, they are all ugly reminders of slavery, ugly reminders of segregation and discrimination. They stand as symbols of racism. Symbols of hatred, symbols of murder and injustice,” Activist Ben Frazier said.
Jacksonville’s Confederate monuments include the Confederate Solider in Hemming Park, a historical marker placed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in 1914, tribute to the women of the Confederacy in Confederate Park an the Gen. Joseph Finnegan grave monument in Jacksonville’s Old City Cemetery.