Groups sue to prevent Tampa memorial from being moved

A wall is put up around the Tampa Confederate monument.

Three groups are suing to keep a Confederate memorial from being removed from the front of the Hillsborough County courthouse.

Our partners at The Tampa Bay Times report Save Southern Heritage, Veterans' Monuments of America and the United Daughters of the Confederacy filed the suit late Friday, contending the county commission;s decision to move the statue from the old Hillsborough County courthouse is unconstitutional and that the commission failed to follow its own laws in voting to do so.

It also says the commissioners voted to move the statue, but not an accompanying plaque, so the plaque should remain.

Commissioners voted last month to move the memorial to a cemetery in Brandon. On Wednesday, the commission added a condition that $140,000 has to be raised from private funds to pay for half of the costs; the money was raised in a day.

The memorial was boarded up Thursday in preparation for the move.

For more, read The Times' report.

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