Applications will be accepted through December 29
As the Nation’s Oldest City, St. Augustine has a long standing and deep commitment to the accurate telling of the city’s history. Thus, after much public discussion and input regarding the the city’s memorial to the Confederate war dead, the City Commission decided at its October 23, 2017 meeting that the Confederate Memorial should remain, and that it should be accompanied by information that places it in historical context.
By doing so, the Commission wants to add a more complete and fully accurate history of the period of the city’s history represented by the memorial, thereby staying true to the city’s commitment to the accurate telling of the city’s history.
To develop that contextualization, the city is accepting applications of those wishing to serve on the seven-member Confederate Memorial Contextualization Advisory Committee that will take on this important task.
The scope of the committee’s work is to identify gaps in Civil War history and create a continuum of the story of St. Augustine; to recognize the city’s unique and diverse heritage; seek public input on contextualization; recommend a contextualization plan and implementation strategy; provide order of magnitude cost and financing options; and provide a process going forward that is transparent, inclusive, and aligned with the City of St. Augustine’s Vision Statement:
“St. Augustine will be a livable, authentic, waterfront city that builds upon its rich history and environment to create a distinctive community character founded on a healthy and vibrant economy, a diverse mix of people and experiences, and a valuing of its natural assets.”