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Groups File Lawsuit Over Removal of Confederate Statue in Tampa

Groups File Lawsuit Over Removal of Confederate Statue in Tampa
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By    |   Saturday, 19 August 2017 06:11 PM

Three groups that support Southern heritage filed a lawsuit Friday over the city’s planned removal of a confederate statue from the downtown area, according to Tampa Bay Online.

Workers on Thursday placed boards around a Confederate monument on Hillsborough County property in Tampa following a decision by commissioners to relocate the 106-year-old statue, titled “Memoria en Aeterna,” only if the private sector paid for it.

The $140,000 fundraising goal was met and exceeded by early Thursday afternoon.

Hundreds of statues dedicated to the Confederacy exist throughout the United States, but decisions by local governments to remove the memorials have triggered a backlash from some, including last Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a group of white nationalists protesting the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee clashed with counter protestors, leading to three deaths and at least 34 injuries.

The groups in Tampa – Save Southern Heritage Florida, Veterans’ Monuments of America and the United Daughters of the Confederacy – say the decision to move the statue is unconstitutional.

Hillsborough County Attorney Chip Fletcher said: "We're very comfortable that all the actions that the board has made are fully legal."

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Three groups that support Southern heritage filed a lawsuit Friday over the city's planned removal of a confederate statue from the downtown area, according to Tampa Bay Online.
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