TAMPA, Fla. — A Confederate monument has been relocated from the grounds of a Florida courthouse to a private cemetery.
Hillsborough County commissioners voted in August to remove the monument from the front of a courthouse annex in Tampa.
In a Tampa Bay Times report , Ken Brandon said the century-old statue now occupies a corner of his family’s cemetery near a busy state road.
The monument depicts two Confederate soldiers. It is kept behind a locked gate monitored by security cameras.
Brandon said the monument will not be open to the public. He said he denied a Southern heritage group’s request to host an event at the cemetery.
Three Tampa Bay-area sports teams — the NFL’s Buccaneers, the NHL’s Lightning and the Rays of Major League Baseball — contributed to the campaign to move the monument.
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.