Metropolis commissioners are getting nearer to deciding what to do a few Accomplice soldier monument in downtown Lakeland’s Munn Park. The monument has turn out to be the main target of renewed native debate as monuments with Accomplice ties are debated in different elements of the nation.
- Lakeland NAACP believes monument ought to be moved
- Some space African American residents not against monument staying
- Suggestion floated to construct African American monument alongside
Lakeland resident Ashley Troutman, who’s African American, is advocating a compromise he believes could also be acceptable to many residents. He believes the Munn Park monument ought to keep the place it’s, and he would additionally wish to see one other monument constructed subsequent to it, one which honors Lakeland’s African American historical past ultimately.
“We consider this feature creates the perfect alternative to advertise unity, not division, hope, not despair, understanding, not forgetting,” he stated throughout Tuesday’s metropolis fee assembly.
Troutman stated he has heard from a variety of black Lakeland residents who are usually not offended by the monument. He believes preserving it and including one thing subsequent to it is going to hold historical past in perspective.
”The complete image is extra clear once we encapsulate all of it collectively,” he stated.
The fee’s lone black member Phillip Walker, isn’t against retaining the monument the place it’s, both. He quoted former NBA star and analyst Charles Barkley on the monument situation: “I am not going to waste my time worrying about all these accomplice statues across the nation,” he stated.
The Lakeland NAACP, then again, sees the monument as a logo of oppression that must be moved.
“The NAACP want to see the monument faraway from the federal government properties,” stated Lakeland NAACP president Reginald Ardis.
Metropolis commissioners voted to carry a public assembly on the monument concern. Which will occur in October.