After public outcry, Florida city moves Confederate statue

After public outcry, Florida city moves Confederate statue

After public outcry, Florida city moves Confederate statue

Although pressure has been building for those two years, it took until Tuesday morning for crews to arrive at Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Florida to rip the "Johnny Reb" statue from the grounds and cart it off to a cemetery.

Protestors gathered outside Orlando City Hall back in May, insisting that the statue remain because it's a part of southern history.

The statue was originally located on Magnolia Avenue before it was moved to Lake Eola Park in 1917. Police squad cars had closed off access to streets leading to the statue.

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

The whole process will likely take six weeks.

Cassandra Lafser, a spokeswoman for the mayor's office, told CNN the statue was a gift from the Daughters of the Confederacy, given to the city in 1911.

City officials say they do not plan to open it immediately because of concerns that the wrong conditions might damage its contents.

Other cities in Florida, as well as the nation, have been faced with questions about what to do with Confederate statues in public places. Last fall, Gainesville residents debated whether to move "Old Joe", a 112-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier next to a county government building. Some, like New Orleans, have chose to remove the statues completely.

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