Orlando to move Confederate memorial, but changing Rebel-named streets something else Phil Ammann 05/31/2017 Our State On May 15, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced plans to remove the 1917 Confederate “Johnny Reb” statue from Lake Eola Park, and move it to Greenwood Cemetery. Nevertheless, Civil War imagery and names still permeate several places throughout Central Florida. The Orlando Sentinel lists a few: Stonewall Jackson Middle School, after one of Robert E Lee’s commanders, located on Orlando’s Stonewall Jackson Road. Other roads named after Confederate generals are in Azalea Park and Lake Nona. And a public park in downtown St. Cloud still has a Confederate memorial, dating back to just 2006. As for Orange County, there is Kirby Smith Road in Lake Nona – named after the Confederate general whose statue Florida is looking to remove from the U.S. Capitol. Maury Road in College Park was named for Confederate Navy founder Matthew Maury. Other streets with some passing connection to the Confederacy include Mosby Street in Wedgefield, Kershaw Drive near Winter Garden and Pickett Avenue in Pine Hills. Removing Confederate monuments in Central Florida and nationwide is a sign of America’s changing demographics, as well as how Americans see the Civil War, says Confederate memorial expert Kevin Levin. “As Florida becomes more diverse, ethnically, culturally, racially, [it brings] an internal shift, an ongoing evolution” of attitudes on the Civil War, Levin told the Sentinel. The Eola statue was one of a wave of Confederate memorials erected across the country between 1880 and 1930. Many of the statues were to mark the “the Lost Cause,” itself a revision of history by glossing over slavery and the white supremacy which sparked the Civil War, Levin said. “[It] was a powerful tool for reshaping how the country remembers the past,” Levin added. “It was important to them how the next generation remembered the past, so they made a rallying point for multiple generations. At least, that’s what they hoped for.” While many cities and states are considering removing Confederate statues and Confederate flags – New Orleans and South Carolina are two recent examples – changing Rebel-named streets pose more of a challenge. Renaming a road would produce “numerous undesired and unneeded burdens” on residents and businesses, Orange County development director Jon Weiss told the Sentinel. “At this time, we are not looking at changing any road names.” Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.