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Kriseman removes Confederate marker from St. Pete waterfront

A historical marker commemorating a highway named for Confederate general Stonewall Jackson occupies a modest space on St. Petersburg's waterfront

[Charlie Frago]

A historical marker commemorating a highway named for Confederate general Stonewall Jackson occupies a modest space on St. Petersburg's waterfront

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August

The  Stonewall Jackson Memorial Highway marker that sat on Central Avenue and Bayshore Drive since 1939 was removed by the city on Tuesday.

When the Tampa Bay Times inquired about the marker on Monday, St. Petersburg officials said they were researching whether it was on public or private land. But on Monday they acted anyway.

Mayor Rick Kriseman issued this statement to the Times:

"The plaque recognizing a highway named after Stonewall Jackson has been removed and we will attempt to locate its owner. The plaque may not have elicited the same attention or emotions as the offensive statues and monuments that glorify the Confederacy, but that's no reason for it remain on public land and serve as a flashpoint in this national debate."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 2:22pm]

    

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