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Confederate monument in downtown Tampa moved to private cemetery

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Mar 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-21 10:38:30-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Confederate monument has been relocated from the grounds of a Florida courthouse to a private cemetery.

Hillsborough County commissioners voted in August to remove the monument from the front of a courthouse annex in Tampa.

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In a Tampa Bay Times report , Ken Brandon said the century-old statue now occupies a corner of his family’s cemetery near a busy state road.

The monument depicts two Confederate soldiers. It is kept behind a locked gate monitored by security cameras.

Brandon said the monument will not be open to the public. He said he denied a Southern heritage group’s request to host an event at the cemetery.

Three Tampa Bay-area sports teams — the NFL’s Buccaneers, the NHL’s Lightning and the Rays of Major League Baseball — contributed to the campaign to move the monument.