Confederate monument pedestal removed from James Weldon Johnson Park

Published on May 15, 2023 at 10:10 am

The last remaining piece of a 125-year-old Confederate monument in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville was removed unobtrusively from James Weldon Johnson Park across the street from the front entrance of Jacksonville City Hall.

The tall obelisk was taken down nearly three years after the June 9, 2020, removal of the bronze statue of a Confederate soldier at the top of the monument. The soldier statue was removed amid predawn darkness.

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Mayor Lenny Curry and other city leaders couldn’t be reached immediately for comment regarding the removal of the obelisk. The obelisk had “Confederate Memorial 1861-1865” etched into the base of it.

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