St. Pete Mayor Orders Removal Of Confederate Marker

Aug 16, 2017
Originally published on August 16, 2017 8:22 am

The mayor of St. Petersburg has ordered the removal of a stone marker erected in 1939 to commemorate Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson.

The Tampa Bay Times reports Mayor Rick Kriseman decided to remove it after he consulted with the city's police chief, who suggested removing it quietly without alerting the public or the media in the interests of public safety.

The marker — a bronze plaque mounted to a large stone near the city's waterfront — is being stored until the city can find the owner. Kirby said the city has reached out to the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

St. Petersburg's marker does not praise Jackson, who was mortally wounded by his own troops at the battle of Chancellorsville in 1863. It notes the spot where the memorial highway ended.

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