Robert E. Lee Pedestal removed by City of Fort Myers


A controversial pedestal was taken down at Fort Myers without warning.

The City of Fort Myers removed the Robert E. Lee pedestal from its location on Monroe Street early Wednesday morning.

The site the general said was a protest site for many years.

Lee County’s NAACP has struggled to get rid of it for years.

“Blacks can now see that America cares about them, including whites, cares about blacks,” said Lee County NAACP President James Muwakkil. “The proof is right here, where I’m standing.”

Grass patches show where Robert E. Lee’s pedestal at Fort Myers once stood. (Credit: WINK News)

Muwakkil said this simple act gives new hope to the Black community.

“Anything is possible in America. It’s gone,” Muwakkil said. “People would say it would just be left under their dead bodies, and now we see, justice prevailed and it was promised in the Constitution. So we shouldn’t stop fighting”.

Although the city approved the removal of the statue and its pedestal a year ago, its implementation was expensive.

City leaders needed 12 months to negotiate an acceptable cost.

As for the fate of the statue and pedestal, Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson said it has yet to be decided.

“The goal is to move the monument. Anderson said. “Now, we are trying to determine what is the most appropriate location and location for the monument.”

Muwakkil said he is grateful to the city and community leaders for working together to make this a reality.

“I think we’re looking at a better Fort Myers, a better Lee County, and a better country,” Anderson said.

There is no word yet on what, if anything, will replace the statue.

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