Palatka's mayor to host town hall forum on Confederate statues

By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

PALATKA, Fla. -- Mayor Terrill Hill will host a Town Hall Forum on Monday at the Price Martin Community Center, 220 N. 11th St,. on the state of Confederate monuments in the city.

The purpose of the 6 p.m. forum is to hold conversations with the community concerning current affairs with the national debate on whether the monuments should stay in place in the wake of the violelence in Charlottesville, Va. community peace and unity. Mayor Hill said he hopes this forum will provide Palatka/Putnam County citizens with an opportunity to "express their opinions and concerns and get more insight into other people's points of view." The Public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Palatka Mayor Terrill Hill / Headline SurferThe purpose of the 6 p.m. forum is to hold conversations with the community concerning current affairs with the national debate on whether the monuments should stay in place in the wake of the violelence in Charlottesville, Va. community peace and unity.

Mayor Hill said he hopes this forum will provide Palatka/Putnam County citizens with an opportunity to "express their opinions and concerns and get more insight into other people's points of view." 

The Public is invited and encouraged to attend.

More than one member of the Palatka City Commission may be in attendance at this forum.  

Hill called for the forum during a Palatka County Commission meeting as a forum for “logical conversations so that outside forces don’t determine our inside fate,” according to the Palatka Daily News. Palatka is home to a towering monument to Confederate soldiers that has stood at the Putnam County Courthouse since 1924, as well as a mural on a downtown wall commemorating the Civil War Battle at Horse Landing in 1864.

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