Panama City, FL –
APALACHICOLA, Florida (WMBB) – Our media partners at the Apalachicola Times report a controversy surrounding a request for a historical marker.
The marker would recognize Moses Roper, a 19th century abolitionist who escaped a life of slavery on an Apalachicola steamboat.
But the municipal commissioners do not exactly welcome the proposal.
Most people had never heard of Moses Roper until this exhibit opened last month at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art.
The exhibition received a positive reception from residents and visitors.
“He really paved the way for some later abolitionists like Frederick Douglas and others and he was a very important historical figure. Unfortunately, outside of academic circles not many people have heard of him, ”said Augusta West, director of Apalachicola Main Street.
The Hillside Coalition of Laborers for Apalachicola and Apalachicola Main Street now wants to place a historical marker on the riverside, telling the story of Roper.
“It’s another way of getting your story known and providing more balance to the story, more diversity to the story that’s being presented,” West said.
But at last Tuesday’s city commission meeting, city leaders tabled the marker vote, saying they wanted more historical documentation.
They also said the proposal did not follow the proper procedures.
“There was a concern that I had made plans for a marker on city property without involving the city, but in reality what I was doing was bringing a proposal to the city,” West said. “In fact, the documentation I submitted to the municipal commission used the word project proposal. “
West believes she followed the proper procedures and that the scorer will broadcast the tailpiece story.
“His struggles as a slave and also his tremendous accomplishments as an author, speaker and powerful member of the abolitionist movement would be appropriate and the right thing to do,” West said.
They even launched a online petition for the marker.
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