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Memory or history?

Insight: Throughout the South, memorials with difficult histories pose vexing problems

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Like any good former soldier, Capt. Joshua Draper had a plan and was convinced of its worthiness. What once was mere persistence became part civic duty, part Southern patriotism.

In the fall of 1914, Draper, sitting on the throne of Calhoun County’s Confederate veterans, sought to move the statue of the “Gallant” John Pelham from the Jacksonville cemetery to the city square. The year before, he’d written to the John H. Forney chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, which erected the statue. The response wasn’t favorable.

Phillip Tutor — — is The Star’s commentary editor. Follow him at