by: WFTV Web Staff Updated:
ORLANDO, Fla. - A 100-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier at Lake Eola Park will be moving to Greenwood Cemetery, following protests outside City Hall on Monday.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s decision was applauded by several people, but many wanted it gone for good.
Orlando resident Joel Dixon Jr. said he lived through the days of segregation.
“I think anything that reminds me of that, it should be taken down,” he said.
A local blogger helped lead the effort to have statue taken down.
“We teach our children not to hate,” said Jeff Brower.
He thinks associating the statue with hate is unfair.
“Every confederate soldier didn’t hate. That’s now that the war was about,” he said. “It was for liberty and for self-determination.”
Watch: Protesters outside City Hall as leaders discuss fate of Confederate statue
More than 50 city and county streets, roads, lakes and neighborhoods still bare confederate tributes.
There are six confederate monuments still standing across Central Florida.
Porter said he’s happy with the outcome of the battle at Lake Eola.
“Hopefully other people will decide on their own to change that stuff,” Porter said.
The statue first stood on Magnolia Avenue before moving to Lake Eola a century ago.
Watch: People gather outside City Hall to protest possible removal of Confederate statue
Mayor has already made a decision on lake Eola confederate statue. sources tell us it will likely be moved somewhere else.— Shannon Butler (@SButlerWFTV) May 15, 2017
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