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Published: Fri, August 18, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Fund to move Confederate memorial reaches $140K goal

Fund to move Confederate memorial reaches $140K goal

On Wednesday, Hillsborough County commissioners voted 4-2 to block public spending to move the monument. The citizens were tasked with raising the money themselves for the statue to come down and just one day later, a $140,000 goal was reached.

Three major Tampa sports teams are pitching in to remove a Confederate monument from the city's courthouse in the wake of the backlash against similar statues in Virginia.

The collective actions from the Lightning, Rays and Bucs, however, will likely ensure the monument is removed after all.

The monument in Tampa, called Memoria in Aeterna, was built in 1911 with money raised by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and was moved some decades later to the public space in front of the courthouse.

The exact amount that the Buccaneers and two other teams added wasn't revelaed, but the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce committed $70,000 to the relocation of the monument on Thursday.

In addition, former Tampa Bay Storm owner Bob Gries donated $50,000 and current mayor of Tampa Bob Buckhorn chipped in $1,000.

That prompted former Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy to tweet that he and his wife, who still live in Tampa, would donate $5,000 to a GoFundMe campaign to remove the statue. As of Thursday morning, almost $40,000 of the $140,000 goal has been raised.

A mob of white nationalists invaded Charlottesville this past weekend to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue. The rally got so heated and violent it resulted in the death of a 32-year-old woman and 19 more injured after James Alex Fields Jr. drove his vehicle into a crowd of people.

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