Lakeland Dismantles, Relocates Confederate Statue

Mar 23, 2019

A statue of a Confederate soldier is being removed from Lakeland's Munn Park, after standing at the center of the park for 109 years.

City officials began dismantling the monument Friday.

Lakeland city commissioners voted in December 2017 to start the process to move the statue after receiving complaints from residents. In November, commissioners approved funding the $150,000 cost of moving the statue with citations issued as part of the city's red-light camera program.

The Ledger reports the statue is being relocated to a different park where the city honors soldiers and first responders. Veterans Park is adjacent to a city-owned convention and entertainment complex.

The director of the city's parks and recreation department, Bob Donahay, says dismantling the monument and relocating it will take several days.

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