PAST NAACP PRESIDENT MARCHES FOR CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL IN LAKELAND WEDNESDAY
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PAST NAACP PRESIDENT MARCHES FOR MUNN PARK CONFEDERATE DEAD MEMORIAL IN LAKELAND WEDNESDAY
HK Edgerton in Munn Park at the former site of the "Confederate Dead" Cenotaph
Lakeland – HK Edgerton, past President of the NAACP and Civil Rights activist, held a rally and march in Munn Park late yesterday afternoon in support of the lawsuit to restore the War Memorial removed by the City of Lakeland last year.
Supporters carried flags and signs saying "We Want Justice" and "Restore the Memorial" as Mr. Edgerton lead a march through the Park greeting passers-by who remarked "I support you" and who embraced him for his courageous stand.
Mr. Edgerton made brief remarks thanking the 11th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals for hearing the plea. He also called out Commissioner Don Selvage who lead the final successful push to take down the historic cenotaph calling him a 'Damn Yankee' and the city's actions 'illegal'.
After the March, Mr. Edgerton knelt paying respects to the fallen heroes honored by the Munn Park Cenotaph.
Edgerton remarked that "its ironic that the City moved the monument near a historically black community - because it really IS their monument, too". Edgerton noted the service of several African-Americans who served in the armed forces of the Confederacy including Dr. Alexander Darnes, of Florida.
Edgerton served for may years fighting for Black Civil Rights as President of the NAACP in Asheville, NC and turned his attention to fighting for the civil rights for Southerners when he discovered school children, his "babies", were being attacked at school by administrators who prevented them from honoring their Southern Heritage and has been fighting injustice ever since. Mr. Edgerton has appeared in Lakeland on several occasions in support of preserving the Historic Cenotaph in the City's oldest historic district.
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