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San Diego removes its own Confederate monument today

A monument to the president of the Confederate states Jefferson Davis was pulled out of a public park on Wednesday.
Photo credit:
Chris Ward - Twitter

Confederate monuments aren’t only limited to easternmost America, there was one right here in San Diego which you may not have heard about or even noticed as you shopped Horton Plaza.

A monument honoring Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, was removed from near the Horton Plaza fountain today.

It was installed in San Diego in 1926 as a gift from the United Daughters of the Confederacy but the Grand Army of the Republic demanded that it be removed, which it was.

Then in 1956, it reappeared in a similar location thanks to groups of the time who disagreed with desegregation.

In 2016 after the city redeveloped some of their public spaces, they decided to not to put the plaque back in the new park but, “after some time and a bit of haggling, the marker appeared in the sidewalk on the north side, without comment.”

In a petition started by San Diegans Against Racism, they state, “We believe this monument has no place on any city or county public property, especially in a public park.”

This is the last known Confederate monument outside of a local cemetery.

“San Diegans, especially our African American and other people of color community,” the petition reads, “as well as the hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, should not be asked to honor our nation's racist past, nor support the continued racism and hate we see today around the nation.”

Councilmember Chris Ward Tweeted his excitement about the unearthing of the outdated stepping stone, “This morning we removed plaque in @HortonPlazaPark honoring Jefferson Davis. Monuments to bigotry have no place in #SanDiego - or anywhere!"

Mayor Faulconer told San Diego Gay and Lesbian News in a statement, “This morning I ordered the immediate removal of a plaque honoring the Confederacy at Horton Plaza Park. San Diegans stand together against Confederate symbols of division.”

In Charlottesville Virginia, this past Saturday three people were killed and several injured after a white supremacists rally became violent. Heather Heyer lost her life after a car driven by a nationalist rammed into a crowd of counter-protestors. 

The uprooted marker from Horton Plaza will be returned to The United Daughters of the Confederacy.