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Confederate monument in Lakeland to be moved to Veterans Memorial Park

Posted at 11:33 AM, May 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 20:00:50-04

LAKELAND, Fla. — Lakeland’s Confederate Munn Park Monument will be moved to Veterans Memorial Park after city officials voted unanimously on the location on Monday.



On Monday, dozens of residents weighed in on where it should move next.

Since 1910 the monument, which commemorates the Confederate Daughters, has been at the center of the town.

In the fall of 2017 residents came together in bands to push city leaders to move the monument, that they believe does not represent the entirety of Lakeland.



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Munn Park’s monument can be seen from all directions, restaurants and shops in the middle of downtown. Many say it continues to oppress the black community.

In December of 2017, Lakeland’s City Commissioners voted to move the statue, which will cost $250,000 to relocate. The funds will be raised by private citizens and donors.

The vote on Monday decided to move the monument to Veterans Park instead of Roselawn Cemetery.