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Opinion: Old Joe survived in 1936 and should survive now
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The Confederate Memorial monument, commonly referred to as, "Old Joe," in downtown Gainesville. - photo by David Barnes

Old Joe does not stand to create divisions as some people want to claim. This monument of Gainesville history has stood tall in everything it was meant to be.

When the tornadoes of 1936 devastated a city, Old Joe stood tall amidst the rubble and said that we will survive and return even better than before.

Sure enough Gainesville did survive and has rebuilt into a beautiful city in the hills of Georgia. Don't let Joe fall!

Steve Webb


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