DELAND, Fla. - The city of DeLand is under fire from a group
that claims the 131-year-old city seal is too religious.
One local historian said history should not be erased.
Over the past 131
Local historian Billy DeSilva believes the
"You can't change history. History was made here and the town was made based on what Mr. DeLand and Mr. Stetson believed. They were very religious men, they were both Baptist," DeSilva said.
Henry DeLand and John Stetson were two of the city's founders.
DeSilva believes the symbols represent their values and more importantly, history.
"People believe in what Henry DeLand believed in, history. That's what it's all about."
The seal is
If the seal has to be changed, it might have to be changed everywhere else, which could mean serious time and expenses for the city.
The city has not responded to the