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Gadsden County commissioners vote to remove, relocate Confederate Memorial

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Posted at 6:14 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 18:23:55-04

QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) — Gadsden County commissioners have unanimously agreed to remove and relocate the Confederate Memorial in front of the Gadsden County Courthouse.

The motion passed unanimously to immediately remove the Confederate Memorial to store and relocate it to a suitable location within six months.

The memorial will be placed into a "secure location" while commissioners decide where it's new, permanent location will be.

Commissioners emphasized their duty to protect the monument and make sure that it is safe from vandalism or destruction as the statue will now be within the control and care of the county for up to six months.

The move comes after petitions signed by thousands once-again sparked the conversation about controversial memorial. Thursday's meeting marks the third time commissioners have discussed it.

The monument in Quincy was placed in 1884 by the Ladies of the Memorial Association of Gadsden County Florida. Etched into the monument are the words, "Sacred to the memory of the confederate soldiers."

The Confederate Memorial is located on the Gadsden County Courthouse grounds.