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Phillip Tutor: The true meaning behind Jacksonville’s monument

A few years before the Confederacy’s birth, a census-taker named W.P. Amorine traveled the backroads of Benton County and counted its people. His total: 20,010.

Of those, 4,078 were enslaved.

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A Confederate statue on the square in Jacksonville. 

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