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Project Say Something, Florence to erect marker on racist origins of “Eternal Vigil”

The proposed marker will provide historical context and acknowledge the racial injustices perpetuated in the past.

A Confederate statue in Florence, Alabama, has been the source of months of protest and contestation of whether it should be removed. (VIA THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS) Library of Congress
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Project Say Something (PSS), a Florence-based nonprofit organization dedicated to confronting racial injustice, says they are “proud to announce a collaborative effort with the City of Florence to establish a new historical marker.” The marker aims to address and denounce the racist sentiments expressed during the dedication speech of the “Eternal Vigil” Confederate monument, in which Black citizens of Florence were derogatorily referred to as “mongrels.”

This initiative is part of an ongoing dialogue and action to rectify historical wrongs and promote a more inclusive community narrative. The proposed marker will provide historical context and acknowledge the racial injustices perpetuated in the past, reflecting a commitment by the City of Florence and PSS to truth and reconciliation.

The Florence City Council has officially placed the historical marker on the agenda for its upcoming meeting scheduled today, Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. CT. The marker represents a critical step in acknowledging the true stories that shape our community and correcting the narratives that have long caused harm.

Project Say Something and the City of Florence invite community members to attend the council meeting, where the final approval for the marker will be discussed. It is a momentous opportunity for community engagement and historical acknowledgment.

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