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Leaders hope Gadsden County moves on amicably after removal of Confederate monument

Posted at 6:07 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 18:07:04-04

QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) — There is one less Confederate monument standing tall at a Florida courthouse.

Gadsden County leaders removed theirs Thursday evening. Where that tall monument once stood is an empty block and the monument is now in a safe, private location.

Commissioners say they're still trying to figure out where to put it next and it could be a while before we find out.

Commissioner Brenda Holt says it could be as long as six months before they find it a new home.

They also say finding it a new home is not exactly a priority.

The monument has become the center of controversy after petitions across the country were filed to remove Confederate statues, monuments and names.

In Gadsden County, there was also a petition to keep the monument, but the county board voted otherwise.

Holt calls this progress and says she hopes everyone can move on amicably.

"Well, there have been responses on both sides," said Holt. "Some positive, some negative. But the thing about it is that we're a small county and we want to work together. That's why we were not interested in it being desecrated or anything like that. We just wanted it moved and held in security."

Part of moving forward is prayers for the past.

Faith leaders will meet at the courthouse, at the former site of the monument at 6 p.m. on Friday for a vigil and peaceful protest against systemic racism.