Protect the Confederate War Memorial in St. Augustine
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Picture: HK Edgerton with Endangered Monument during his 2016 Southern Cross Revival March
In 1872, St. Augustine, FL acknowledged the memory of her fallen sons by erecting a memorial to them in the historical Plaza de la Constitucion.
It is inscribed with the words "our Dead" and "In Memorial of Loved Ones Who Gave Their Lives in the Service of the Confederate States" and "They Died Far From the Home That Gave Them Birth By Comrades Honored And By Comrades Mourned."
The St. Augustine Blues, the local company established in St. Augustine was comprised of individuals with different skin colors. Despite these facts, NAACP Branch President, Rev. Margaret Rickerson believes the memorial "symbolizes...African-Americans being held as slaves...and should not be in a public place".
Ms. Rickerson might need a history lesson, for African-Americans were held as slaves in Florida before St. Augustine existed - they were brought here by Spanish Explorer, Ponce de Leon, over 300 years before the Confederate States of America were established. Perhaps her next target is the elimination of the rest of St. Augustine's Spanish History? Where slaves held in the Castile de San Marco? Does it HAVE TO GO, Too?
There have been efforts to 'erase' the Memorial from St. Augustine's civic landscape before, but they were strongly rejected by the citizenry.
In opinion polls across Florida, the overwhelming number of voters oppose removal of these historical veterans memorials - but it seems the NAACP and Ms Rickerson doen't care. In 1991 the NAACP declared "the Confederate Flag" an "Odious Blight on the Universe" and since 2015 has been working vigorously to sweep any confederate symbols from the civic landscape.
In an "ISIS" - like purge, New Orleans has ripped down its most prominent War Memorials, and now they are falling like dominoes...Orlando, Gainesville and now here.
The opponents say they are 'symbols of 'White Supremacy'". We say they are no more or no less "white supremacist symbols" than is the United States herself.
Memorials to Confederate Veterans are just low hanging fruit in the current War on America. Let's stand strong and tell the City Council : "Keep Your Their Hands off the Confederate War Memorial". Veterans Monuments, even relating to unpopular wars, should be RESPECTED and PROTECTED.
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Save Southern Heritage - FL
SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a 501 c(4) public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History. It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and “Erase-ism” levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolina’s historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected.
The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of a hate campaign led by Anti-American extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Florida’s society. Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in Heritage battles throughout Florida including the “We’ll Remember in November Campaign” that resulted in #heritagehater candidates to loose elections in Florida. More info: www.sshfl.org
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