Confederate monument to be removed from downtown Tampa Thursday

Posted at 7:57 AM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 07:58:11-04

A Confederate monument is scheduled to be removed Thursday from the Old County courthouse in Downtown Tampa.

The Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners voted in July to remove the Memoria In Aeterna monument, which honors Confederate soldiers, from a county courthouse.

The county commission voted that the monument will only be removed if donations can be raised to cover the cost, estimated to be as high as $280,000. The money must be raised by September 16, the commission said.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lightning and Rays donated an undisclosed amount of money to help move the statue, the teams said in a joint statement. According to the teams, the monument "does not reflect the values of our community."

The Confederate statue will be relocated from the Hillsborough County Clerk of Courts building in Tampa to the privately-owned Brandon Family Cemetery. 

The statue’s removal will be finished around 10 a.m. Thursday morning.