Protesters want Confederate monuments removed in St. Augustine
Statues are in historic downtown district
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A pastor in Florida is calling for the removal of two Confederate monuments in historic downtown St. Augustine, a popular tourist site.
The Gainesville Sun reports that one of the obelisks in the Plaza de la Constitution is on city-owned property, and the other is on a nearby spot that's state-owned and managed by the University of Florida.
The city commission voted Oct. 23 to keep the monuments and establish a commission to add a plaque with historical context.
The University of Florida says it is waiting to see what the city comes up with before making a decision.
Rev. Ron Rawls of St. Paul AME Church in St. Augustine says the decision to keep the monuments is unacceptable and is organizing a protest on Nov. 18 at the site.
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