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City of Orlando moving Confederate statue

City of Orlando moving Confederate statue

The City of Orlando is expected to begin work Tuesday to remove a Confederate statue at Lake Eola Park. It will be then be reassembled in the confederate section of Greenwood Cemetery.

Cassandra Lafser, who's a spokeswoman for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, said the time capsule is very light.

The statue, nicknamed "Johnny Reb", will instead be moved to the Confederate soldier section of the historic Greenwood Cemetery.

Commissioned by a local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the statue was first erected on Main Street - now Magnolia Avenue - in 1911, near the old Orange County courthouse, before being moved to the park in 1917. In May, white nationalists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in the city's Lee Park.




Though city staff didn't know for sure, "we were kind of hoping ... there was a time capsule", he said. Some, like New Orleans, have made a decision to remove the statues completely.

"All of those hurricanes that came through, never moved that statue one bit".

Citing the city's "commitment to inclusiveness", Dyer put forth a plan to have historians install an informational panel to accompany the statue and provide historical context about the Civil War.


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