City of Orlando to begin moving Confederate statue at Lake Eola

Angie Massey
June 20, 2017

The City of Orlando has released a new video highlighting the new home of the Confederate statue that is being moved on Tuesday from Lake Eola to Greenwood Cemetery. The statue, which depicts Johnny Reb - a symbol of the Confederacy and its soldiers - is being moved to Greenwood Cemetery, where it will be kept in a section dedicated to Confederate veterans.

The statue was originally located on Magnolia Avenue before it was moved to Lake Eola Park in 1917.

The whole process will likely take six weeks, and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer has estimated that the cost will be $120,000.

Workers began disassembling the statue Tuesday morning and once it is disassembled, the city will build a base, reassemble and re-erect the statute.

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

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

Dyer has previously said he doesn't believe the statue should be permanently removed. Some, like New Orleans, have made a decision to remove the statues completely.

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