An organization formed to preserve Southern heritage released a poll today that says a large majority of Lakeland residents want to keep the Confederate monument in Munn Park and believe it’s disrespectful to discuss relocating it.
When city commissioners convene a town hall meeting later this month to hear comments about the Munn Park Confederate monument, it will be open to anybody who wants to comment rather than focusing on “stakeholder organizations.”
Lakeland city commissioners considered three options this morning for getting public input on the emotional issue of what — if anything — to do with the Confederate monument in Munn Park:
A candlelight vigil in support of removing Lakeland’s Confederate monument drew about 50 people to Munn Park Sunday night, as well as a half-dozen counter protestors. The gathering was organized by members of the Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and organizers said they plan to return each Sunday at 7 p.m. until the monument is removed […]
Jim Malless today became the first Lakeland city commissioner to publicly support moving a 117-year-old Confederate monument out of Munn Park. Malless said at this morning’s commission meeting that he made the decision after researching the history of monuments erected throughout the South.
Declaring that City Hall can no longer wish away the divisive issue of the Confederate monument in Munn Park, Don Selvage said today he will open a discussion with his fellow city commissioners at their meeting on Monday.
Lakeland city commissioners have been cool to suggestions that the Confederate memorial in Munn Park be moved. But on Monday they were also cool to a proposal they see as making it harder for them and future commissions to make changes to it and other monuments.
View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alex Kautz (@thealexanderkautz) Does anybody know why the statue of the soldier on downtown Lakeland’s Confederate Memorial is facing east? It seems soldiers in most Civil War statues face north or south. Source: Instagram: Alex Kautz
Years ago, audiences gathered around a bandstand in Munn Park for plays and concerts. A group that has remained anonymous so far would like to place an updated entertainment pavilion in the park, but there’s a likely hitch involving the Confederate monument in the center of the park.
A resident’s request to move a 1910 monument to Confederate soldiers from the center of Munn Park to a historic museum received no support from the City Commission. Here is a recording of today’s 17-minute discussion, some key quotes and social media commentary: