Florida county won't move Confederate statue

WATCH Crews remove Confederate statue from Lake Eola Park

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.

Miller, who is an Air Force veteran, has been compared to the Islamic State and the Taliban for wanting to remove the statue. It was taken to Orlando City Hall, where it was deposited into the city clerk's vault. They eventually discovered a light, metal box that they believe is a time capsule. Police squad cars had closed off access to streets leading to the statue.

Once the monument is disassembled, a new base will be built for it.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer made a decision to relocate the statue after a blogger said the memorial was a symbol of racism.

The whole process will likely take six weeks.

The removal of the statue comes after other Confederate statues were removed in New Orleans, Kentucky, and elsewhere.

This story has been corrected to show supporters of removing the statue said they were deeply disappointed in the idea of a mural.

" This is the confederate section of the cemetery, so historically it belongs here".

Even though the small, metal time capsule hasn't been opened, Schnurr said she knows what's inside.

Officials decided Wednesday not to move a Confederate memorial from in front of a Florida courthouse. 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.

"I think personally, because we put it there, that it should be given to us and then we can decide what we want to do with it", said Patricia Schnurr from the Daughters of the Confederacy, Florida Chapter.

Hillsborough County commissioners will discuss the future of a confederate civil war memorial at Wednesday morning's commission meeting.

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