Who vandalized Confederate memorial in Seffner?

A Confederate memorial at a private park in Seffner was vandalized.

SEFFNER, Fla. (WFLA) – Red paint and a profane message were splattered all over a Confederate memorial near Mango in Hillsborough County on Sunday.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies say it happened at the Confederate Memorial Park located at 10418 U.S. Highway 92 East.

It’s not the first time the memorial has been vandalized or the first time it’s been a flash point for controversy.

A huge Confederate flag flown at the site is visible from both I-4 and I-75.

The memorial was first put up in 2008 on a small piece of private property.

For Michael Herring, the memorial is about history, not hatred.

“The purpose of this site here was to honor Confederate soldiers,” said Herring.

The name of one of his ancestors is on one of the walls at the memorial.

He knows demonstrations at Confederate memorials throughout the south have drawn new attention to the memorial that he helps maintain.

“We are a target and we understand that, but unfortunately, history has not been told properly,” said Herring.

Herring believes the people who are asking for tolerance and an end of hatred should be willing to accept his message, too.

“Until they sit down and really have a discussion about what this is all about, I don’t think they will ever understand our point of view,” said Herring.

Anyone with any information about the crime is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200. Anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of this suspect and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or report anonymously online at http://www.crimestopperstb.com.

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