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Fundraising for moving Hillsborough Confederate monument spikes

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The private fundraising website created to pay to move a Confederate monument in Hillsborough County saw a surge of contributions over the past 48 hours, but still has only raised a total of $7,025, far short of its $100,000 goal. Most of the contributions came in after the racially-motivated violence Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. Some of the contributions came in after the individual who created the GoFundMe site, attorney Tom Scarritt, made a request Friday morning before a group of…

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Ready, aim, visit: American Revolution Museum at attention

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With muskets polished, flags aloft and one very commanding tent in place, Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution is at the ready. After nearly two decades of planning, the museum that tells the dramatic story of the founding of the United States opens April 19, the anniversary of the shots fired at the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 that ignited the war. The museum also reveals how a diverse population — including women, Native Americans, and enslaved and…

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Florida now has three suggestions to replace Confederate statue

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Either the African-American woman who founded what’s now Bethune-Cookman University, the founder of Publix supermarkets or the woman credited with saving the Everglades will replace a Confederate general’s statue that represents Florida in the U.S. Capitol. The three Floridians were selected Wednesday by a committee that reviewed 130 recommendations made by the public. The Legislature will now choose which of the three will replace the statue of Edmund Kirby Smith. Mary McLeod Bethune, who founded Daytona Literary and Industrial Training…

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Legislators speculate on great Floridian for Capitol statue

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A proposal to remove a statue of a Confederate leader at the National Statuary Hall is generating speculation among Florida legislators about whose image should replace it. Legislation to replace the statue of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith doesn’t propose a successor. Smith’s place in history is due to his being the last officer to surrender a significant Confederate military force during the Civil War. Some legislators have suggested Florida should choose a woman, like writer Zora Neale Hurston. Only 10…

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Kathy Castor says she hates Tampa’s Confederate flag

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In the wake of the racist terrorist attack on nine black people at a historic church in Charleston, S.C., last week, there has been a renewed focus on the divisiveness of the Confederate flag ,which currently flies on the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol. Meanwhile, the biggest Confederate flag in the world (according to its supporters) currently flies proudly at the intersection of I-75 and I-4 in east Tampa, and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor says she hates that it does. “I just hate it,” she…

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