Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Amid Public Outcry, Orlando Moves Confederate Statute

Amid Public Outcry, Orlando Moves Confederate Statute

Crews removed a Confederate statue from Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday morning, 100 years after its first relocation. They must carefully remove the 106-year-old statue, build a new base in the cemetery and reassemble the statue, the statement said.

The confederate statue will be relocated within the confederate veterans section at the Greenwood Cemetery. It's been in Lake Eola Park since 1917, when it was moved from its original location on a nearby street.

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The city of Orlando will move the Confederate statue of Johnny Reb to Greenwood Cemetary in a section dedicated to Confederate veterans.

The pressure for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to comply grew as local blogger David Porter called the statue an "icon of white supremacy". It is unclear what is inside or when the city may open the time capsule. Dyer has estimated the cost for moving the statue at $120,000.

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City officials are working with historians on an inscription to be placed with the statue which puts the monument "in proper historical perspective", Lafser said.

The city workers started taking apart the statue that has been in Orlando since 1911.

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Other cities in Florida, as well as the nation, have been faced with questions about what to do with Confederate statues in public places.

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