Jacksonville mayor orders all Confederate statues be removed citywide

Florida

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Confederate statue at a park in downtown Jacksonville was removed overnight amid nationwide protests over racial inequality. The mayor ordered later that day that all Confederate statues to be removed citywide.

WJXT reports that crews were seen removing the monument at Hemming Park overnight, but it’s unclear who authorized the removal. Before a walk organized by Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette later that day, Mayor Lenny Curry announced that all of the city’s Confederate statues would be removed as well.

“Yesterday there was a Confederate monument in Hemming Park,” Curry said at the rally. “It’s gone. And the others in this city will be removed as well.”

The statue’s removal comes amid a wave of Confederate memorial removals after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Protests over his death have continued over the past two weeks.

Virginia, which has the most Confederate memorials in the country, said it would remove four Confederate statues on Monument Avenue, including the six-story-tall statue of Robert E. Lee that looms over the street.

A large Confederate flag near Tampa was removed after protesters threatened to shut it down. The memorial where it stood was protected last week amid protests and some vandalism in the area.

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