Florida Republicans Pursuing Bill To Ban The Removal Of Confederate Statues

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In Florida, Republicans introduced a bill that would bar local governments from removing Confederate statues.

Republicans in Florida are currently working on a bill that would make it illegal for local governments to remove Confederate statues, according to an Atlanta Journal Constitution report.

The bill, called the Soldiers and Heroes Monuments and Memorials Protection Act, was brought by Republican Rep. Mike Hill of Pensacola and would only permit the temporary removal or relocation of Confederate monuments for the purpose of refurbishing.

"Johnny Reb" was relocated to the Confederate section of historic Greenwood Cemetery.

Some Orlando residents said they are glad it's no longer at Lake Eola.

Lake County leaders are also looking for ways to display the statue of Confederate Gen. Kirby Smith, which was taken out of the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall earlier this year.

The bill proved controversial from the moment it was introduced, according to WFTV-TV, though some were pleased to hear about the measure.

Patricia Schnurr considers herself a historian and said, "I have 38 ancestors who fought in the American Revolution."

The 96-year-old says she's fought her whole life to preserve all history, and over the summer, she urged Orlando City Council to save the 106-year-old "Johnny Reb" statue at Lake Eola.

Schnurr didn't see how this, or any of the statues, were offensive.

“The whole monument was put up by the Ladies Memorial Society,” Schnurr said. “And it was put up to honor the husbands, fathers and brothers.”