Amid public outcry, Florida city moves Confederate statute

Under the cover of night Orlando removes Confederate statue from Lake Eola Park

Under the cover of night Orlando removes Confederate statue from Lake Eola Park

The cemetery also has sections dedicated to Union veterans, and veterans of the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

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

Once disassembled, the City will build a base, reassemble and re-erect the statute.

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The removal follows a years-long petition drive, but just last month, former Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board member David Porter began a campaign to pressure city officials.

Other cities in Florida, as well as the nation, have been faced with questions about what to do with Confederate statues in public places. It was taken to Orlando City Hall, where it was deposited into the city clerk's vault. Around the same time, Alabama passed a law barring the removal, renaming and adjustment of such monuments.

This is not the first time the statue has been moved, as it was originally located on Magnolia Avenue before being moved to Lake Eola Park in 1917.

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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.

But Dyer recognized that some see the statue as a painful reminder of white supremacy and slavery.

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