TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - As racial tensions grow across the country, guards have been watching over a confederate monument at a Florida courthouse.
For most of Tuesday night, the Sons of Confederate Veterans took turns standing guard over the war memorial in downtown Tampa.
They say they received credible threats that others were going to desecrate it.
That's what happened in Durham, North Carolina after the tragic events in Charlottesville fueled the fire over this long-standing controversy.
For groups like the the sons of confederate veterans and Hillsborough Florida Flaggers, they say this is not a racial issue.
The Hillsborough County Commissioners voted last month to have the monument relocated to a privately owned cemetery in Brandon.
Mccurry says the sons of confederate veterans are pushing for a referendum to put the issue on the ballot so the people can vote on it next August.