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Florida town petitions to replace Confederate monument with beloved manatee | RT America

Thousands have signed a petition to replace a monument to Confederate leaders and soldiers in Bradenton, Florida with a statue of local aquarium mascot, Snooty the manatee, who just passed away.

The granite Civil War monument commemorating Confederate leaders Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis was installed in 1924 and dedicated to the “Memory of Our Confederate Soldiers.” It stands several blocks away from the aquarium where Snooty used to live.

Snooty was 69 when he suddenly passed away on July 23, as a result of what aquarium officials said was a “heartbreaking accident” in which he became trapped in a hatch door and drowned. The mascot held the Guinness World Record for the oldest manatee living in captivity.

Source: Florida town petitions to replace Confederate monument with beloved manatee — RT America

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