Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn donates $1K to move Confederate statue

The fate of the statue is in the hands of the people who want it removed.

TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn has pledged $1,000 to the funds needed to move the Confederate monument in downtown Tampa.

Buckhorn posted a picture of a check written to the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to his Facebook page on Thursday morning.

The mayor’s post reads:

Not a City statue, but I have a moral obligation to do my part. Now take it down.

You can donate to the Tampa Statue Relocation Fund here:https://www.gofundme.com/hillsboroughcountystatue

There is GoFundMe account to raise the estimated $140,000 necessary to relocate the 106-year-old Memoria en Aeterna statue. The account has raised $52,145 as of Friday morning.

Celebrities and private citizens have since raised the $140,000 necessary to relocate the monument.

On Wednesday, the Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-2 to give opponents 30 days to raise the funds needed to move the Confederate statue.

Earlier: Hillsborough County Commission: Pay to move confederate statue in 30 days, or it stays

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday morning about the removal of Confederate monuments nationwide.

Tampa lawyer Tom Scarritt offered to raise the money needed to remove the monument in July, according to our partners at the Tampa Bay Times.

In June, Buckhorn expressed his disapproval of the Hillsborough County Commission’s initial decision to keep the Confederate monument outside of the county courthouse.Buckhorn expressed his disapproval of the Hillsborough County Commission’s initial decision to keep the Confederate monument outside of the county courthouse.

“There is no honor in treason and there is no valor in enslaving people because of their race,” Buckhorn wrote on his Facebook page. “That statue represents the worst of humanity not the Tampa that we aspire to be.

“This decision doesn’t speak for our city and the people that I represent.”

Related: Mayor Buckhorn on Confederate monument: 'That statue represents the worst of humanity'

Commissioners set a Sept. 16 deadline to raise the money needed to move the Memoria en Aeterna statue from current position outside the old county courthouse to the Brandon family cemetery.

More: Buckhorn not running for Florida governor

Mark Bergin is a digital journalist with 10News WTSP. Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter and Instagram. You can also email him at mbergin@wtsp.com.

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