Pensacola City Council votes to remove Confederate monument

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — The Pensacola City Council has voted to remove the Confederate statue at Lee Square in downtown Pensacola.

The council voted 6 to 1 to remove the monument and relocate it to a different site.

Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson and city staff will decide where it will end up. A few options that have been discussed are relocating the monument to the St. John’s Cemetery in Pensacola or donating it to the UWF Historic Trust.

Council discussed a timeline of 30 to 90 days to remove and relocate the monument. The city will now work on securing a contractor that can safely and respectfully move the monument to its new location.

The council also voted Tuesday night to rename Lee Square back to its original name, Florida Square.

Several protesters — both for and against removing the monument — assembled outside of city hall during the meeting.

Few remained outside city hall when the vote occurred. Those who were in favor of the removal could be heard cheering.

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