Best Of 2017

Best show of quick, quiet decisiveness: The Kriseman administration's removal of a small confederate monument downtown

Best show of quick, quiet decisiveness
Heidi Kurpiala

You noticed maybe that in the wake of Charlottesville, some cities of note — say, for instance, Tampa — ran into a little trouble when it came to removing monuments to slavery, excuse me, the Confederacy. Not so in St. Pete. One day after being notified by the Times of the presence of a stone tribute commemorating “the terminal of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Highway” at Bayshore and Central — placed there in 1939 as a tribute to the infamous Confederate general by a chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the same little sewing circle that erected the Tampa monument — Mayor Rick Kriseman’s administration had it quietly removed with no publicity and no protest. And not even Rick Baker complained. —David Warner