UPDATE: Bungalower originally stated that the decision to move the statue was based on a Council vote, however, this was in fact an executive decision made by th eMayor.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer made an executive decision
The Orlando City Council voted to move the Confederate statue from Lake Eola to Greenwood Cemetery, following public testimony at the Monday City Council meeting.
Opponents and supporters of the move attended the City Council meeting to voice their concerns. The vote is not included in the City Council YouTube video, online.
Following the City Council meeting, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer issued the following statement, regarding the future of the statue.
“As you know, there is a national debate going on regarding monuments and memorials dedicated to the Civil War that were installed back in the 1800s and early 1900s.
- Engaging historians from UCF and other academic institutions to develop and install an appropriate educational interpretive panel near the monument that would put the monument in proper historical context and serve as an educational tool for our community and future generations about this painful period of our history.
- Preserving this historic artifact of our past by utilizing a professional team to thoroughly inspect and carefully dismantle, move, reassemble and re-erect the statue in Greenwood Cemetery in the Civil War confederate section. This would not be the first time the statue has been moved, as it was originally located on Magnolia Avenue before it was moved to Lake Eola Park in 1917.