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County Commission Votes To Move Confederate Statue “Old Joe”

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The controversial Confederate statue in downtown Gainesville, “Old Joe,” might finally find a new home.

The Alachua County Commission voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to donate the statue to the Untied Daughters of the Confederacy after an afternoon filled with protesters voicing their opinions both for and against the statue’s move.

Protesters first appealed to the county and Gainesville to remove the statue, which the United Daughters of the Conderacy actually had built in 1904, more than two years ago. Since initial calls for its removal, the Matheson Museum emerged as a new home for Old Joe, but then could not take the statue earlier this year.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy will have 60 days to decide if it wants the statue and would have to pay for its removal.

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3 comments

  1. Why does everyone – it seems like – want to get rid of History??

  2. Agree completely, if you look at the article from 1904 in the Gainesville Star Archives – it was a statue to celebrate the South & the North, and people came together from the Blue and the Gray, and had a beautiful barbeque, speakers talked, and it was a great celebration, in fact, called one of the Greatest Days in Gainesville History by the Gainesville Star — to rip apart a statue that celebrates all who fought on both sides in the Civil War, and those who are fallen, is disgusting and sickening – imagine if they knew 100 years later some fringe radicals would want to rip out their statue…sickening and pathetic — we must preserve our history!

  3. Travis Coulliette

    Replace the statue with one of Tom Petty.

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