Lake County Asks Gov. DeSantis to Move Statue of Confederate Out of Their Community

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county commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to reverse support they gave almost a year ago

Lake County commissioners want Governor Ron DeSantis to find a museum outside of their community to house the statue of a Confederate general who has represented Florida in the U.S. Capitol for nearly a century. (Fox 35 image)

(FOX 35)– Lake County commissioners want Governor Ron DeSantis to find a museum outside of their community to house the statue of a Confederate general who has represented Florida in the U.S. Capitol for nearly a century.

Amid a national debate over Confederate statues and memorials, county commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to reverse support they gave almost a year ago, previously helping the Lake County Historical Society and Museum’s effort to house a statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith at a historic Tavares courthouse.

State Rep. Geraldine Thompson, D-Windermere, told commissioners she is already working with legislative colleagues to find a home for the Smith statue.

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