Confederate Memorial Advisory Committee first meeting

The Confederate Memorial Contextualization Advisory Committee will hold its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, February 7th.  Historic City News readers and the public are invited to attend in The Alcazar Room of the St Augustine City Hall, located at 75 King Street.

This first meeting, which starts at 3:30 p.m., is expected to be largely organizational with the selection of a chair and vice chair, a briefing on Sunshine Laws from the city attorney, and discussion regarding a calendar of future meetings.

Committee members recommended by City Manager John Regan and confirmed by the members of the St Augustine City Commission on Monday, January 22:

  • 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

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.

The meeting will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing at

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