It’s hard to find any place in Florida that is not removing or reassessing the Confederate statues and markers displayed in public streets, parks or near buildings.
The Tallahassee Democrat’s Bryan Dobson reports that John Thrasher, Florida State University’s president, has ordered a campus-wide review of statues, markers and name recognitions.
In mid-August, Thrasher weighed in on Charlottesville: ”We do not condone the expression of ideas that infringe upon the rights of others or lead to violence.”
Thrasher’s announcement on Tuesday about the statues came as the Students for a Democratic Society planned a protest. The student association seeks a removal of a statue of Francis Eppes, the grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, that’s near the Westcott Building on FSU’s campus. The group says Eppes was a slave owner and supporter of the Confederacy who shouldn’t be honored by FSU.
A panel will be made up of students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni. It will meet with campus groups to get feedback while determining criteria for naming policies and renaming opportunities.
“I think that is a step in the right direction,” said Maddie Hendrick, an organizer with Students for a Democratic Society.