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Another Florida city to debate moving Confederate statue

'Johnny Reb' statue moved from park in downtown Orlando

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TAMPA, Fla. – Debate over whether to move a Confederate memorial is coming to another Florida city after Orlando city employees moved one from downtown Tuesday.

The Hillsborough County Commission is scheduled to discuss Wednesday morning a statue that was first erected in Tampa in 1911 in front of a courthouse. Commissioner Les Miller has called for its removal.

Advocates of Southern heritage say removing these symbols is a disservice to the dozens of men who fought in the Civil War.

Orlando city workers on Tuesday started moving a Confederate statue called "Johnny Reb" from a park in the heart of downtown to a nearby cemetery, following renewed public outcry that it is a symbol of racism and white supremacy.