Tampa Sports Team Contribute Towards Removal of Confederate Monument

Monuments are used to memorialize events that took place many years ago. There are those who believe the monuments are a sign of heritage while there are those who believe that the statues are racist. There have been debates on whether the Confederate monuments should be removed or not. In Florida, the county commissioners approved the removal of the Confederate memorial. It was passed because the monument was a public safety hazard. The memorial in Aeterna was to be removed only if the donations would reach half the cost. The professional sports team from Tampa, Florida contributed to getting rid of the Confederate monument. The team donated money to help remove the monument. The memorial was in front of the Hillsborough county courthouse. The team was of the opinion that the monument was not playing any role in adding value to the community.

Some of the prominent people who contributed towards the removal of the monument were greater Tampa chamber of commerce chairman; Mike Griffin pledged $70,000. Mayor Bob Buckhorn donated $1000, and bob Gries contributed $50,000. The gofundme which was in charge of raising funds for the monument managed to reach its goal. There were over $140,000 contributions towards moving the monument. The monument in Tampa known as memoria in Aeterna was constructed in 1922. The monument was built with the money that was contributed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The first team to support the memorial relocation was the Rays team. The team was in support of the relocation from the word go. It also shows that the team actively participates in the community activities.

There have been problems when it comes to removing the monument. For instance, in Charlottesville VA, were white nationalists were against removing the monument. It was not a usual occurrence for the team to take on such stand. The decision to get rid of the monument was made during the August 2017 meeting. Most of the Confederate monuments were constructed at a time when there were racial conflicts. The statues were meant to celebrate the white supremacist culture. Majority of the monuments are being removed or relocated to other areas.

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