Confederate memorial set on fire, vandalized at Trout Creek Fish Camp
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A Confederate memorial that was recently moved from downtown St. Augustine to the Trout Creek Fish Camp has been the target of vandalism. A contractor told News4Jax there are no cameras at the fish camp. There’s a lot of history in St. Augustine, and it comes from all over. Let’s preserve it and appreciate it, and let’s not destroy it.”Someone tried to set Confederate memorial on fire that was recently moved from St. Augustine to Trout Creek Fish Camp. Controversial decisionIn June, the St. Augustine City Commission voted 3-2 in favor of moving the Confederate monument that was built in 1872 in downtown St. Augustine.
St. Augustine Confederate memorial settles in to new home
ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A St. Augustine memorial that honors 46 Confederate soldiers has finally been erected at its new home at the Trout Creek Fish Camp in western St. Johns County. It will now sit in front of a pavilion on the fish camp grounds. The contractor hired by the city told News4Jax another layer of concrete will be poured around the memorial Thursday to complete the project. Controversial decisionIn June, the St. Augustine City Commission voted 3-2 in favor of moving the Confederate monument that was built in 1872 in downtown St. Augustine. A statue of Confederate Gen. William Loring that was located feet away was also removed last month.
Barge to deliver Confederate memorial to new home at Trout Creek Fish Camp
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. A Confederate monument that has stood for nearly 150 years in the Plaza de la Constitution is loaded onto a barge Thursday and prepared for an overnight float to its new home at the Trout Creek Fish Camp along the St. Johns River. In June, the St. Augustine City Commission voted 3-2 in favor of moving the Confederate monument that was built in 1872 in downtown St. Augustine. On Wednesday, crews spent time carefully loading the monument onto a dolly system to be moved to the bayfront. St. Johns County Veterans Council held a ceremony on the waterfront Thursday before workers began moving the monument to the barge. The monument -- dolly system and all -- will be loaded onto the barge for the 94-mile trek by water.
Confederate monument in Plaza de la Constitucion to be removed in next two weeks
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – About two dozen protesters gathered around a Confederate monument in downtown St. Augustine before dawn Friday. St. Augustine City Manager John Regan told News4Jax that the monument will not be removed Friday, but it will happen in the next two weeks. St. Augustine Commissioners voted to move the monument in June after hundreds of residents called for its removal during the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. “We’ve been fighting this for three years.”The monument was erected in 1872 and has been in the Plaza de la Constitucion since 1879. It is the oldest Confederate monument in Florida.
St. Augustine passes motion to move Confederate monument
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Commissioners in St. Augustine on Monday night voted in favor of relocating a Confederate monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion in Downtown St. Augustine. City Manager John Regan had reviewed proposals to relocate the monument and recommended the site at the fish camp, which was offered by the property’s owner, Randy Ringhaver. Other St. Augustine residents who spoke publicly commended the commission on its decision to move the monument. A request to move the monument to the National Cemetery adjacent to the National Guard Headquarters was denied by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. In 2018, a committee came up with a compromise and added plaques at the foot of the monument to put the memorial in the context of slavery.
St. Augustine’s city manager recommends site for Confederate monument
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Six weeks after St. Augustine’s City Commission voted to move the 148-year-old Confederate monument from the Plaza de la Constitucion in downtown St. Augustine, City Manager Reagan has reviewed proposals for where to relocate it and is recommending a site at Trout Creek Fish Camp on State Road 13 being offered the property’s owner, Randy Ringhaver. A request to move the monument to the National Cemetery adjacent to the National Guard Headquarters was denied by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. The city executed a $230,000 contract with New York-based Progressive Construction to move the memorial either to the city Public Works compound where it would be temporarily stored or to a final location. Mobilization and relocation of the Confederate memorial is expected to be completed within three to four weeks. Another Confederate memorial in downtown St. Augustine -- a bust of Gen. William Loring -- is owned by the state of Florida and is managed by the University of Florida.
Competing rallies meet in downtown St. Augustine over removal of Confederate monument
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Dozens of people rallied both for and against the removal of a Confederate monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion in downtown St. Augustine on Sunday. One group, the Women’s March of Alliance of North Florida, showed support for the City of St. Augustine’s decision to remove the Confederate war memorial. They also called for the University of Florida to remove a Confederate statue at its Gainesville campus. A group of demonstrators against the decision to remove the Confederate monument from Plaza de la Constitucion were also in the area, spreading their message. In June, the St. Augustine City Commission voted 3-2 to have the monument removed.
Crowd rallies against removal of Confederate monument in downtown St. Augustine
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. Dozens of people rallied Saturday against the removal of the Confederate monument in the Plaza de la Constitucion in downtown St. Augustine. Take Back America Rally held the rally at the site of the monument. Last month, St. Augustines City Commission voted 3-2 to have the monument removed. A study is underway to study how a stone thats over a century old can be safely moved. People also gathered earlier this month at the Plaza de la Constitucion to try and save the monument.
Brunswick city commissioners hand off Confederate monument decision to committee
Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey described receiving an overwhelming number of calls in recent weeks from citizens requesting the monument be removed. Contact Brunswick City Clerk Naomi D. Atkinson by phone at (912) 267-5529 to be considered. It reads,“The Confederate statue bears a marble statue of a Confederate soldier. Brunswick Mayor Cornell Harvey addressed that side of the argument in an interview with The Brunswick News. Mayor Harvey told News4Jax to expect more information on the nine-person committee to be released this week.
St. Augustine commissioners vote to remove Confederate monument
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – City commissioners on Monday night voted 3-2 in favor of moving the Confederate monument from the Plaza de la Constitucion in downtown St. Augustine. The St. Augustine City Commission will decide at a later date where the monument will be moved to, but there was talk about relocating it to a cemetery or private property. VIEW: St. Augustine monument lawsuit | InjunctionSeveral people reminded commissioners that removal is a bell that can’t be unrung. It is the second oldest Confederate monument in the state," Upchurch said. James, who was born and raised in St. Augustine, said he wanted to see the monument moved off city property.