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Florida city begins removing Confederate monument

129-year-old Confederate monument
Posted at 9:42 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 09:42:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city is removing a 129-year-old Confederate monument from a downtown park.

A contractor removed the eight-foot-tall statue of a Confederate soldier on Monday that stood on top of the 42-foot-high monument.

Contractors will have another month to remove the obelisk. The city is spending $135,000 for work.

City spokeswoman Kaycee Lagarde said the monument will be stored at the Port of Pensacola until a new location can be found for it.

The city council voted 6-1 on July 14 to remove the statue and change the name of the park from Lee Square to Florida Square.