County staff visit Brandon cemetery to survey site for new Confederate monument

Posted at 5:03 PM, Jul 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-24 23:18:06-04

County administrators with Hillsborough County met at the Brandon cemetery Monday, the site they voted to move a Confederate War memorial to.

The county staffers met with reporters, and took the first steps of surveying the site to start making a plan for the relocation. 

The statue will be moved to Brandon Family Cemetery off State Route 60, nestled between a popular taco stand location and a pawn shop. 

The monument shows two enlisted soldiers: one facing north headed off to war and the other facing south coming home, torn and battered. The Daughters of the Confederacy built the statue back in 1911 and it was moved onto public property in the 1950s.

Last week, commissioners voted to relocate the statue which could cost up to $100,000. Commissioner Murman said July 19th she was in favor of moving the memorial if the cost wasn't on taxpayers.

Since then, a GoFundMe page was created to help with those costs. 

Those against the removal with the Southern Heritage and veterans group tell us they play to fight the monument being moved still. 

A spokesman tell us they don't want it moved, and a location that was selected off the busy stretch of SR 60 is not a peaceful spot for the monument.

There's a couple dozen grave sites at the cemetery, including a Confederate soldier buried there. 

Over the weekend, volunteers were cleaning up the overgrown grass and shrubs.