City Manager to present names for monument context committee

At its next meeting set for Monday, the City Commission will receive recommendations from City Manager John Regan for appointees to the Confederate Memorial Contextualization Advisory Committee.

 

The City Commission voted in October to keep its monument after hearing hours of testimony at two meetings, and after research into other issues such as the cost of removing the city’s monument. They also decided to create a seven-member committee to help provide context to the site. The deadline to apply for the panel was Dec. 29.

Drawn from 40 applications received by the city clerk, the committee’s task will include identifying gaps in the telling of the city’s Civil War history and how to reconcile those gaps, according to a city press release. It is expected that the committee will seek public input on a plan for contextualization. One question not facing the CMCAC is whether or not the memorial will remain since the City Commission made that determination last October.

Applicants being recommended by Regan to serve on the CMCAC are:

• J. Michael Butler, professor of history, Flagler College

• Sharyn Wilson Smith Coley, retired educator, St. Johns County

• Elizabeth A. Dove, adjunct history professor, Flagler College

• Thomas Graham, professor of history emeritus, Flagler College

• Thomas Jackson, recreation supervisor, St. Johns County

• Susan Parker, former executive director of St. Augustine Historical Society

• Regina Gayle Phillips, director of Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center

If approved by the City Commission, the group will hold an organizational meeting in the near future. Meetings of the CMCAC will be open to the public.

 

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