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Phillip Tutor: What a JSU student sees in Jacksonville’s square

Go away Johnny Reb

The Confederate memorial statue on the Jacksonville Public Square is hard to miss at any event held there -- such as this craft fair in April 2019. The local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected that statue more than four decades after the end of the Civil War.

This is a love story, platonic and sincere, about a young man from Georgia and his adopted city of Jacksonville.

Until this week I’d never spoken with Jaylon Cooper. My mistake. He’s 22, a senior at Jacksonville State University, a longtime Marching Southerner. And a few minutes into our conversation one thing became obvious: He adores Jacksonville. 

Phillip Tutor — — is a Star columnist. Follow him at