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Police investigating vandalism to Confederate memorial

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Crews are cleaning up after someone defaced the Confederate memorial in Hemming Park overnight.

The Financial News and Daily Record provided pictures of words spray painted on the base of the monument and workers covering up the base of the column.

Jacksonville police confirm they are investigating, but had no other information.

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The 60-foot-tall granite column, topped by a bronze statue of a Confederate soldier, has been in Jacksonville's Hemming Plaza for nearly 120 years. It’s the site of a monument to Women of the Confederacy that was dedicated in 1915 and a historical marker placed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to commemorate the May 1914 national reunion of Confederate veterans that took place in Jacksonville.

Last month, City Council President Anna Lopez-Brosch asked for an inventory of Confederate monuments in Jacksonville, and council chambers overflowed at the next meeting with people speaking out about either removing or preserving the statues.