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State representatives want Civil War monument in front of Capitol building taken down

Posted at 6:20 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 18:20:05-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Civil War monument standing in front of Florida's Capitol building has people in the community talking.

State representatives are calling for the monument to be taken down. Although the monument has no reference to the Confederacy, State Representative Loranne Ausley tells new sources that it is a reminder of an ugly and hurtful history.

Ausley as well as other representatives are hoping to get it moved to a less prominent spot or have a plaque added that explains that the states involvement in the war was treason against the U.S.

Multiple people say that they hope to see the monument stay where it is.

"I think it has to be preserved. It shows out culture and history and you never want to repeat history," said Bill Norcoss, a Florida resident.

"It shows apart of the past and it also tells about the future. From where we were then to where we are now," said James Spicer, another Florida resident.

Right now, the monument stands at the intersection of Apalachee Parkway and Monroe Street. It was dedicated in 1883 and placed at it's current spot in 1923.