TAMPA, Fla. - Celebrities and private citizens reached a $140,000 fundraising goal in just over 24 hours to relocate the Confederate monument in front of the old Hillsborough County Courthouse, but actually moving it will take a few months.
County officials estimate it will take until early November to complete the process to relocate the monument to a Brandon cemetery, including design improvements at the cemetery and prepping the monument for transport:
Crews spent Thursday evening erecting a wall around the memorial to prepare it for removal:
The fundraising effort, half of the $285,000 needed to relocate the monument, came as a challenge from county commissioners. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy and the region's three professional sports league teams donated to the effort.