Pensacola

Keep Confederate monument side winning petition battle

August 18, 2017

Change.org has two petitions concerning the City of Pensacola’s “Our Confederate Dead” monument that Mayor Ashton Hayward has said he wants to remove. The petition that asks City of Pensacola to keep all Confederate memorials in Pensacola has 6,959 signatures, far out pacing the petition asking Mayor Hayward to remove the Lee Square Confederate statue, 1,972.

Here are the two petitions:

Keep All Confederate Memorials in Pensacola
There have been numerous petitions to destroy and/or remove the Confederate Memorial at Lee Square in Pensacola, Florida after the past events in Charlottesville. As horrible as those events were it should not be a rallying call to destroy history. Confederate soldiers , to whom most of these memorials are dedicated to; were considered to be Veterans of war by an Act of Congress. Thus allowing them the same privelege of being honored as any other war veteran. Censoring of history just because it doesn’t fit a certain agenda has to be stopped. Please sign the petition to let the City of Pensacola and all elected officials know that we want our memorials to remain.

Remove the Lee Square Confederate Statue from Pensacola
The Lee square confederate memorial has existed as is since 1891 in downtown Pensacola. With hate crimes and white nationalist movements on the rise, we as a city must come together to make some serious symbolic strides to combat racism. With the removal of this statue, we can put an end to glamorizing the confederacy and recognize that they stood for the continued enslavement of black people in this country. Please join me in signing this petition to encourage Mayor Ashton Hayward to remove this symbol of hate. Thank you.

Escambia County Commissioner Doug Underhill has taken a stand in favor of keeping the monument in Lee Square. In a Facebook post that linked to the Keep petition and is titled “Stand with Doug Underhill,” he wrote yesterday morning, “No intelligent society destroys the reminders of the past. I’ve watched the Muslim horde do it throughout Southwest Asia. This is absurd mob behavior, thinking men and women do not behave this way.”


One thing that would help defuse the debate would be for Mayor Hayward to announce how he wants to remove the monument, give the public his timetable, and say whether he will hold an open forum for people to voice their opinions about his plans. Simply passing this “hot potato” over to the Pensacola City Council won’t work. He started this discussion. He needs to lead the city through its resolution.

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  • NotaGOB August 21, 2017 at 8:40 am

    The past tells us that the area in question was once called Florida Square…not Lee Square. If we want to be Historically correct than the renaming of Florida Square and the placement of the monument which required removal of the current government “illegally” is what we should be discussing. The whitewashing of history began when white supremacist began forcing their “Lost Cause” myth upon the public and erected monuments glorifying a bunch of treasonous slave owners whom fought a losing cause to maintain an immoral way of life.

    Let’s pull this monument to slave ownership down and return the name back to Florida Square as it should be named so we don’t “Whitewash” our past with myths about succession for states rights concocted by those that lost the war of treason.

  • George Hawthorne August 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Classic “in action” by the Mayor. He is just trying to ride the fence and push the heavy lifting to the Council that he knows, “will do nothing.”

  • L. Laird August 18, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    In a Facebook post that linked to the Keep petition and is titled “Stand with Doug Underhill,” he wrote yesterday morning, “No intelligent society destroys the reminders of the past.” My good friend, Commissioner Underhill, maybe you forgot when I and a number of citizens appear before you and the ECBOC, asking that the Confederate Battle Flag be removed from all Escambia County flag poles and buildings. YOU very strongly supported the removal, twice as a matter of fact. So what has change?