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Issue of Confederate statue in Hillsborough just revving up

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Shortly after the Hillsborough County Commission concluded its board meeting this week without taking any action regarding the removal of a Confederate statute in front of the county’s courthouse, the group Save Southern Heritage Florida issued a press release boasting that this was due to its public pressure that the measure be dropped. “After press reports of this plans surfaced, SSH members and supporters were notified and the intense push back pre-empted his plans,” read a statement issued out by David McCallister, a spokesman…

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Proposal to remove Hillsborough courthouse Confederate statue sets off fierce backlash

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Two years ago, the Hillsborough County Commission voted to remove the Third National Flag of the Confederacy from downtown Tampa’s County Center. The vote came in the immediate aftermath of the racially motivated shooting of nine African-Americans in Charleston, South Carolina. Also removed from the lobby were flags of the other countries that once occupied Florida — Spain, France, and Great Britain — which were sent to the Tampa History Museum. Although supporters of the Confederacy protested, the board voted 5-2 to…

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