NAACP Wants Statue Removed From Downtown Fort Myers

 

NAACP wants to move the bust of Robert E. Lee. with or without the help of The United Daughters of the Confederacy

“The confederate hate symbols must come down. Even if I have to practice civil disobedience it must come down. America says that we have no place for it in this country”
-James Muwakkil, Lee County NAACP Chapter President

Lee County’s NAACP chapter wants the bust of Robert E. Lee removed from Downtown Fort Myers. The United Daughters of the Confederacy donated the bust to the City of Fort Myers in 1966 at the height of the Civil Rights Movement and has been on Monroe street for decades.

Chapter president James Muwakkil has requested the help of the United Daughters of the Confederacy to relocate the statue of the Confederate soldier to a museum or a Confederate cemetery, “we want everybody to work with us um people should at least try to understand” said James Muwakkil.

According to Muwakkil the Daughters of the Confederacy has not answered to their request to work together, but says that they are still planning to move forward with or without the help of the Daughters of the Confederacy. The NAACP is planning to take the topic of removal to city council at the end of the month.

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