City Commission will consider recommendations at January 22 meeting
When the St. Augustine City Commission made the decision not to remove the city’s memorial to the Confederate dead, it also decided to add a more complete and fully accurate history of the period represented by the memorial. A key component to adding that more accurate history is a seven member volunteer committee, the Confederate Memorial Contextualization Advisory Committee (CMCAC).
At its next meeting, set for Monday, January 22, the City Commission will receive from City Manager John Regan his recommendations to serve on the CMCAC.
Drawn from 40 applications received by the City Clerk over a six week period late last year, the committee’s task will include identifying gaps in the telling of the city’s Civil War history and how to reconcile those gaps. It is expected that the committee will seek public input on a plan for contextualization. One question not facing the CMCAC is whether or not the memorial will remain since the City Commission made that determination last October.
“First, it is overwhelming to see that so many people with such tremendous credentials would step up and volunteer to be of service to their community by serving on this committee,” said Regan, adding, “selecting just seven was not an easy task.”
“I am confident that those named will bring a lot to the table including a wide range of skills, experience, and educational backgrounds. Also, and maybe most importantly, they bring a willingness to embrace this task and work together on behalf of their community and its history and its future,” said Regan, adding “And we hope all of those who applied will be willing to offer their experience to the committee as a resource.”
Applicants being recommended by Regan to serve on the CMCAC are:
- J. Michael Butler, Ph.D., Professor of History, Flagler College,
- Sharyn Wilson Smith Coley, retired educator, St. Johns County,
- Elizabeth A. Dove, Adjunct History Professor, Flagler College,
- Thomas Graham, Ph.D., Professor of History Emeritus, Flagler College,
- Thomas Jackson, Recreation Supervisor, St. Johns County,
- Susan Parker, Ph.D., former Executive Director of St. Augustine Historical Society,
- Regina Gayle Phillips, Director of Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center.
If approved by the City Commission, the group will hold an organizational meeting in the near future. Meetings of the CMCAC will be open to the public. Click here to view the list of recommended committee members.
To learn more about this project and to follow its progress, visit www.CityStAug.com/Memorial.