ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - The City of Orlando has disassembled and relocated the Confederate statue located that has stood in Lake Eola Park for a century.
The statue was relocated within the Confederate veterans section at the Greenwood Cemetery. The cemetery hosts four different separate military sections: Confederate, Union, Spanish-American War and American Legion (Korea, Vietnam, World War I and World War II).
The city is also engaging historians to develop and install an appropriate educational interpretive panel near the monument that would help to put the monument in proper historical context and serve as an educational tool for the Orlando community and future generations about this period in the country's history.
"Historically it belongs here," said Don Price, caretaker of Greenwood Cemetery.
If any controversy follows the statue to the cemetery, Prices said they are ready.
"If we have protests, that is okay. I have 128 acres," Price added.
The biggest surprise of the day was the discovery of box which workers found tucked in a void inside johnny's base as they took it apart to move it. Price thinks it is a time capsule.
"It probably contains photographs, letters," said Price. "We are just working hard to make sure the statue becomes a piece of history."
Once disassembled, the city will build a base, reassemble and re-erect the statute. This process is expected to take approximately six weeks.
This is not the first time the statue has been moved, as it was originally located on Magnolia Avenue before being moved to Lake Eola Park in 1917.
As for that time capsule, there is no definitive date on when officials will open it. They want to make sure nothing inside is damaged in the process.