ORLANDO — After standing tall for over 100 years in the heart of Orlando, the Johnny Reb Confederate statue at Lake Eola Park is being taken down!
The monument that for some stands for racism and white supremacy and for others Orlando’s history, is being dissembled into parts and carted away from one of the downtown’s most visible areas.
It’s not the end of the statue, however: It will be rebuilt in a Confederate veterans section of the Orlando municipal cemetery, not too far from it’s original site.
According to officials in the tourism Mecca, a plaque will be added at the bottom, something to offer an appropriate perspective and reminder that the area’s citrus industry relied on slavery to thrive.
The Johnny Reb statue has become a part of the national discussion about monument removals not only across the state, but nationwide.
New Orleans just took down a bunch of century old Confederate monuments and plans are being made elsewhere on what to do with other monuments often in the centers of towns and cities. And the tinkering with history hasn’t come cheap.
In the case of the 116-year-old Johnny Reb statue, it will take six weeks and an estimated $120,000, according to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.
Tax money well spent? Depends who you ask!