Unauthorized use of funds? Jacksonville FL councilmember seeks clarity regarding recent removal of Confederate monument

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(Action Jax News) Nearly three years after the Confederate statue in James Weldon Johnson Park was taken down, the obelisk on which it stood was also removed.

Now, city leaders are attempting to find out where the money came from to remove the obelisk last month.

The obelisk had been the subject of much controversy in recent years, but City Council never explicitly authorized its removal.

In a council committee, Monday, Councilmember Al Ferraro (R-District 2) questioned how the plan was greenlit and paid for.

“I’ve checked with some of the state reps to where I haven’t been able to find out where the money came from,” said Ferraro.

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Charles Moreland didn’t provide an answer and instead deferred to Jacksonville’s Chief Administrative Officer Brian Hughes, who was no longer present at the meeting.

“So, let me do exactly what I just mentioned to Councilman Ferraro to provide the right information through Mr. Hughes related to his conversation with the committee,” said Moreland.

“Okay, well. Looked like a tap dance, but…

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Confederate monument cases refiled in Superior Courts in Rockdale and Henry counties (GA)

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(Rockdale-Newton Citizen) The Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and its local camps and members have refiled complaints seeking damages for the removal of Confederate monuments from the Rockdale County Courthouse property and McDonough square in Henry County.

The complaints, filed in Rockdale Superior Court May 29 and Henry Superior Court May 4, seek to establish that members of the local SCV Camps 863 and 108 have “standing” to seek damages as members of the community. In addition to the local SCV Camps, individual plaintiffs include Rockdale residents Brandon Chandler, Joseph Underwood and Steven Camp and Henry residents Tim Johnson, Rick Polk and Robert William Gandy.

The plaintiffs are asking that the courts award damages equal to triple the cost to repair or replace the monuments, attorneys fees and court costs and damages, including punitive damages.

The lawsuits were originally filed in 2020 after the Henry County Board of Commissioners voted to remove the McDonough monument, and Rockdale Commission Chairman Oz Nesbitt Sr. made an executive decision to have the Conyers statue removed. Both of those statues were removed during nighttime hours and stored in undisclosed locations.

In addition…

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Amateur Historians Turn The Tide Against Woke Academics

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(Roy Maynard, The Daily Caller) A state district court handed a procedural win to a Texas history buff who wants to save the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) from going woke.

On Tuesday, 10th District Court Judge Kerry Neves turned a temporary restraining order into an injunction—preventing the TSHA from firing its volunteer executive director. (RELATED: ROY MAYNARD: Yes, Migrants Believe Biden Has Rolled Out A Big Welcome Mat)

J.P. Bryan is a retired Texas oilman who agreed to step into a leadership position at TSHA last fall to help get it back on track. He paid its bills from his own pocket, as well as restarted fundraising and development efforts. Despite his efforts, the organization’s board called a May 1 meeting, in which it seemed clear that Bryan would be fired. He filed this lawsuit to prevent the meeting.

Neves heard preliminary arguments in the island courtroom on Tuesday.

“I’m an amateur student of history, compared to y’all, but I find it sad that it’s reached this point,” Neves said as he announced his ruling. “It’s a sign of the times, and I find it very distressing.”

Neves set the trial date for Sept. 11, with a pretrial hearing on Sept. 5.

The TSHA is a nonprofit that publishes academic journals, holds conferences and puts out both the Handbook of Texas and the Texas Almanac. It plays a role in how the history of Texas is taught to the Lone Star State’s schoolchildren, but Bryan and other observers believe the TSHA has lurched leftward.

Bryan points to the TSHA’s bylaws, which specifically require…

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Keep It Flying! Stone Mountain City Council debates Confederate ‘stars a nd bars’ flag in cemetery

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(Decaturish) During a May 16 Stone Mountain City Council meeting, a vote on a resolution to remove the Confederate flag flying in the Stone Mountain Cemetery failed with three votes for, two against, and one abstention.

Councilmember Clint Monroe raised the issue of the flag, citing the city code that says, “No flag, plaque, banner or emblem shall be displayed on city property without an affirmative resolution of the city council approving such display.”

“This is content-neutral, black-letter law,” Monroe said. “It’s against the code and should be taken down…period.”

The flag was raised by a group celebrating the “loyalty and valor of the Confederate soldier” on April 22. In the ceremony which took place in the cemetery, several flags were on display, however, most were taken down by the group when they left, other than the “stars and bars” flag which is still waving at 1025 Silver Hill Road at the entrance to the city. The stars and bars flag is different from the more commonly known and more notorious…

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Reconciliation statue at Arlington National Cemetery set to be destroyed

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(Washington Times) In the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement sparked in 2020 by the murder of George Floyd, Congress required the Department of Defense to create a commission to evaluate the ways the military continued to honor the Confederacy.

The duties of the “naming commission” were to assess the “cost of renaming or removing names, symbols, displays, monuments or paraphernalia that commemorate the Confederate States of America or any person who served voluntarily with the Confederate States of America.”

In January, the commission recommended the removal of Arlington National Cemetery’s Confederate Memorial, which is to be demolished this summer. The memorial, dedicated in 1914, features a bronze woman standing on a 32-foot pedestal, crowned with olive leaves, holding a laurel wreath, a plow stock, and a pruning hook designed to represent the South. The base of the statue features 14 shields with the coats of arms of the 13 Confederate states and Maryland, which didn’t secede and join the Confederacy…

…Now, the radicals in our society are going to tear down his creation because, as the secretary of defense has explained, Arlington National Cemetery can “inspire all those who call them home, fully reflect the history and the values of the United States and commemorate the best of the republic that we are all sworn to protect.”

The military says all bronze elements on the memorial will be relocated, and its base and foundation will remain as to avoid disturbing the surrounding graves. In today’s race-based hysteria, it is a wonder that Section 16 has survived at all.

With the monument’s destruction, the reconciliation message that Lincoln, Grant, McKinley, Taft and Roosevelt advocated will be lost.

The statue’s demise will not unite but only further divide.

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