The 2018 St. Augustine Confederate Memorial Contextualization Committee, chaired by T.J. Jackson, is the committee that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Kng, Jr. and Dr. Robert Hayling requested.
In response to public testimony, Commissioners appointed it, with a deadline to report back by May 2018. The Committee is doing an excellent job, only 55 years after it was first requested.
If there were not outspoken people who love St. Augustine -- 82 testified August 28, 2017 -- our City would have made a big mistake -- either:
- taking down the local veteran monument, or
- ignoring criticism of Confederate imagery in our Plaza.
Either option would have set back race relations progress.
Compromise unanimously adopted by Commissioners was correct.
As I told Committee members on April 4, 2018 (50th anniversary of MLK's murder in Memphis), Dr. King would be proud, and so am I, and so is our community.
It takes a village.