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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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