The city of Orlando will move the Confederate statue of Johnny Reb to Greenwood Cemetary in a section dedicated to Confederate veterans. It will be reassembled and re-erected in a Confederate veterans section of a municipal cemetery not far from where it had stood in Lake Eola Park, city spokeswoman Cassandra Lafser said in a statement.
A time capsule was found in the disassembled statue.
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However, Perez said that he had not spoken to Ronaldo, who is on duty for Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation , which ends on July 2.
The statue, originally commissioned by the Orlando chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, is the latest Confederate monument to be mired in controversy. Some, like New Orleans, have made a decision to remove the statues completely.
The pressure for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to comply grew as local blogger David Porter called the statue an "icon of white supremacy". Last fall, Gainesville residents debated whether to move "Old Joe", a 112-year-old statue of a Confederate soldier next to a county government building.
Citing the city's "commitment to inclusiveness", Dyer put forth a plan to have historians install an informational panel to accompany the statue and provide historical context about the Civil War.