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US Appeals Court To Hear Lakeland Confederate Monument Debate

Jan 19, 2020

A federal appeals court will consider a dispute over the movement  of a Confederate soldier from a prominent town square park in Lakeland to a veterans memorial park.

The Lakeland Ledger reports that the Atlanta-based court agreed to hear an appeal by Save Southern Heritage, which describes itself as a history and heritage group.

An attorney for the group says oral arguments are set the week of April 20 before the court.

Lakeland officials decided to move the 109-year-old statue from the city's Munn Park to the veterans memorial in March of last year, sparking the lawsuit.