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100-Year-Old Capsule From Confederate Monument Reveals Historic Items

A time capsule has been discovered hidden under a historic, Confederate statue. Now, the time capsule has finally been opened after fears that opening the capsule would destroy the contents inside.

The 100-year-old capsule, found in Florida, housed newspaper clippings dating back to 1911, Confederate money, a letter and other historic documents. The Confederate statue itself was being relocated to Greenwood Cemetery after public outcry from residents of the area, with many claiming that the monument glorified racism and white supremacy.

Orlando’s Historic Preservation Officer, Mr. Richard Forbes, could not contain his excitement as the 100-year-old Confederate time capsule was finally opened and its contents revealed. Forbes explained the importance of opening the time capsule, stating that he “thinks if [they] had not opened it this year, in the coming years, with the box having a hole in it from rust, I think the condition worsened quite quickly.”

As the contents were revealed, Mr. Forbes went on to label the reveal as immensely “exciting.”

The capsule housed a number of Confederate relics and memorabilia, containing 60 dollars’ worth of Confederate money, a number of local newspaper clippings from 1911, the year of the statue’s installation, minutes from the Fifteenth Annual Convention of the Florida Division of the Daughters of the United Confederacy meeting and an article referencing “old-fashioned Pennsylvanian chicken and waffles dinner.”

Mayor Buddy Dyer was pleasantly surprised at the near pristine condition of the documents, confessing that he “was anticipating that [it] would open it up and it would be a box full of dust.” These artifacts were carefully removed and, according to a city spokeswoman, will be preserved and recorded for archive purposes.

Within the documents, officials found a program detailing the original unveiling of the controversial ‘Johnny Reb’ confederate statue. Mr. Forbes confirmed the program included phrases such as “unveiled, and turned over to the city,” and mentions “care and custody to the city.”

As the city prepares to move the statue, Mayor Buddy Dyer was quick to point out the importance of acknowledging history, stating, “We always want to be reflective and mindful of our history. Although, so much of our history is yet to be made. We’re still a new and growing city.”

While the main delay in opening the time capsule was a fear of damaging the contents, The United Daughters of the Confederacy, an 1894 organization, also lengthened the opening. The organization claimed that members hid the box in the statue and insisted that the box and its contents belonged to them.

Ms. Patt Schnurr, a member of the organization, was clear that she believed the United Daughters should have the right to open the capsule and that the box should be in their possession, stating that “there is a statement in there that says the monument was put up in honor of the Confederate soldiers.” The organization has proceeded to file a lawsuit in small claims court, demanding the time capsule be released to the organization.

Source: Fox News
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