Press Release -December 14, 2016


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Save Southern Heritage Florida Spokesman: David McCallister 813-778-1202




Gainesville – During yesterday’s meeting of the Alachua County Commission, a self proclaimed ‘peace loving’ community activist called for an end to “White Supremacy” in Gainesville through the removal of the “Old Joe”Cenotaph at Alachua County Government center.


About a dozen people showed up to speak in favor of keeping the veterans cenotaph on the Alachua Co. complex, but after their remarks, Faye Williams, whose Facebook page promotes peace, issued a confrontational threat to the Commission and the citizens in attendance promising that “its not over” and “I’ll guaranty that statue comes down”.
“Hard working Americans are tired of being called racist” said David McCallister, Save Southern Heritage – Florida spokesman. “Ms. Williams is out of step with America and is not working for unity but is in fact, promoting division and hate between Americans” said McCallister. He cited President Barack Obama’s interview on “The Daily Show” where the President promoted using diplomacy to “appeal to the better angels of our nature” to improve race relations rather than name calling. “Ms. Williams’ main argument for moving the Veterans Cenotaph has been that it is ‘racist’”. “That’s a shop-worn expression, which, after a year, has lost its sting” McCallister added.


“Ms. Williams insulted all the citizens in the room as well as the Commissioners by threatening to practically riot in protest to demand removal of the statute” McCallister added.


The Commission is expected to agenda discussion on the monument in January or February after it receives the formal report from the Alachua County Veterans Advisory Board. The Board unanimously voted in November, just after Veteran’s Day, to recommend the County Commission to keep the monument.


Some of the pro-monument supporters suggested that the Cenotaph should stay because it is a tribute to veterans and all American veterans should be respected. Others pointed out that the Alachua Co. Historical Advisory Board recommended in late 2015 that “Old Joe” be retained.


SAVE SOUTHERN HERITAGE Inc. is a 501 c (4) public welfare corporation that educates & advocates on behalf of Southern Heritage & History. It was started in 2015 in response to the knee-jerk Anti-Southern institutionalized bullying and “Eracism” levied against the people of South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley, after she broke all previous agreements about how South Carolina’s historical veterans and their symbols should be treated and respected.


The Florida branch was activated in mid-January 2016, in response to three initiatives in the Florida Legislature that are part of a hate campaign led by extremists, who refuse to respect the various cultures that make up the fabric of Florida’s society. Since that time, it has grown in membership and has been active in Heritage battles throughout Florida and developed a “We’ll Remember in November Campaign” launched in January with a Capital Flyover. More info:


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Tampa, FL 33617