LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Despite outrage across the country about monuments, statues and even military bases named after or honoring prominent Confederate figures, Lake County leaders says a statue of a Confederate general is still on its way there.
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Lake Voices of Reason has been fighting for years to keep the statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith out of the Lake Historical Museum.
In 2016, then-Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill to remove the statue from Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. and replace it with a statue of civil rights pioneer Mary McLeod Bethune. Lake County then seized the opportunity to bring the statue of Smith here.
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Smith has no ties to the county.
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