Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Memoria In Aeterna, 1911
Hillsborough County's Confederate Monument
In 1910, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Tampa Chapter No.113, began to raise funds for a monument to honor the soldiers and sailors of the Confederate States of America, The Hillsborough County Commission granted the chapter, which had been formed in 1897, a plot on the courthouse square on the southwest corner of Franklin and Lafayette Streets. The sculpture was originally intended to be dedicated January 19, 1911, Robert E. Lee's birthday. However, funds for the $3,000 monument were still being raised and groundbreaking did not occur until January 21, 1911. The installation was completed February 3, and the exquisite marble figures were draped in white until the unveiling on February 8, 1911. On that date, thousands attended this unveiling and important dedication ceremony. Accepting the monument in behalf of the City of Tampa was Mayor D.B. McKay, who was joined by the orator for the occasion, Hon. H.S. Phillips, a local attorney. The statue, entitled Memoria in Aeterna, was fabricated in imported Italian marble and was moved to its current
location in 1952 following completion of the new Hillsborough County Courthouse. In 1966, Hillsborough County collaborated with the National Institute for the Conservation
Erected 1997 by The Tampa Historical Society, Tampa Chapter No. 113, United Daughters of the Confederacy and James B. Hayward, Commander, John T. Lesley Camp No. 1282, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Marker series. This marker is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy marker series.
Location. 27° 56.968′ N, 82° 27.282′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tampa FL 33602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hillsborough County's Confederate Monument (a few steps from this marker); John Fitzgerald Kennedy (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial I (within shouting distance of this marker); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial II (within shouting distance of this marker); 1851 † 1891 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hillsborough Lodge (about 400 feet away); Orange Grove Hotel (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
Also see . . . Hillsborough County, Florida,. Art of Saving Our Sculpture - Timeline (Submitted on February 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,289 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on July 13, 2010, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.