Greater than a month after calling for the removing of Accomplice monuments from public property, the Jacksonville Metropolis Council president says she continues to be researching the difficulty and that each choice stays on the desk.
C0uncil President Anna Lopez Brosche requested for a listing of all Accomplice monuments, markers and memorials on public property and stated she’d suggest laws to maneuver them into locations the place they could possibly be “traditionally contextualized” as soon as the stock was accomplished. She introduced her intentions shortly after violence and chaos erupted throughout a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Brosche’s shocking announcement final month thrust Jacksonville into the risky debate over the appropriateness of memorializing a army insurrection that fought to protect slavery.
Brosche acquired the stock Aug. 29, however she hasn’t launched or ready any laws. When requested if she nonetheless plans to pursue relocating the monuments, she stated she “envisions quite a lot of choices” however hasn’t determined what she’ll do.
“I actually really feel like I’m early within the course of and need to be measured and considerate about how I transfer ahead and have interaction the group,” she stated. “I’m not so shut minded as to close down these suggestions that I’m receiving from the group.”
The stock, ready by the town’s parks division, confirmed three monuments devoted to the Confederacy at Hemming Plaza in downtown, Accomplice Park in Springfield and the Previous Metropolis Cemetery within the city core. It additionally confirmed eight historic markers all through the town.
With the stock in hand, Brosche requested metropolis attorneys to find out the town’s course of for erecting monuments on public property and whether or not it holds the authority to take away present ones. She’s additionally engaged on a plan to enlist outdoors teams, which she didn’t identify, to analysis the historical past of every monument or marker.
“There’s a chance for the group to attach with the true historical past of those monuments to know what they imply,” Brosche stated. “There are many opinions. There are various views about what they imply.”
Greater than one hundred individuals confirmed up to discuss the monuments at an August council assembly, and Brosche stated she’s acquired 600 emails and telephone messages concerning the situation.
Brosche stated she’s acquired many suggestions on learn how to proceed, like placing up monuments to enrich the…