- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Alachua County officials have voted in favor of moving a statue in downtown Gainesville that honors the Confederate dead.

Details are being worked out on how to move the statue from public land near government buildings to the grounds of a museum a few blocks away.

The statue erected in 1904 shows a north-facing soldier clutching a gun. It was given to the city by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

People began calling for the statue’s removal following the June slayings of nine black people inside a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The suspected gunman is white.

The Gainesville Sun (https://bit.ly/1YDVDJi ) reports that the statue could be in its new spot by winter 2016, but the move still needs the approval of the museum’s board.



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Information from: The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, https://www.gainesvillesun.com

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