71 Fla. L. Rev. F. 279 (2021)
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Florida Law Review ForumHistoric Preservation Law


In a recent essay in the Florida Law Review Forum, commenting on a recent article by Jess Phelps and Jessica Owley, I argued that historic preservation law poses no significant barrier to removal of Confederate monuments and even provides a useful process within which a community can study and debate the fate of specific statues. The cultural and legal issues surrounding the removal of Confederate monuments are presented in a surprising and paradoxical form in the controversy surrounding the 1876 Freedmen’s Memorial to Abraham Lincoln. Addressing these issues provides an interesting postscript to the seemingly easier questions raised by the removal of monuments to the Lost Cause.
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