Lee Square

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After receiving a staff report on the future of the Confederate monument in Lee Square, its future will be somewhere else, if Mayor Grover Robinson gets his way.

After reviewing the 17-page report from staff, Robinson sent a letter to the City Council recommending the removal of the monument from the park. He contends it does not “reflect our current values,” and “does not strive to create a more inclusive city.”

City of Pensacola

Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson used a very short, weekly virtual news conference to discuss a potpourri of subjects.

In his roughly eight minutes of prepared script, the mayor updated the numbers on COVID-19 in the city and Escambia County – 2,809 positive cases, according to the state Health Department.

“The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is at 116 as of July 5,” said Robinson. “For reference, there were 46 COVID-19 hospitalizations exactly one week ago.”

Protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis are leading to how people view Confederate monuments and symbols. And that could lead to a name change at Pensacola’s Robert E. Lee Square. The effort is expected to go before the City Council next month

Mayor Grover Robinson is also proposing a return to the park’s former name.

“On that July 16 meeting, we’re going to take to the council a request for a change of the name from Lee Square to Florida Square,” said Robinson.

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After the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia over removal of a Confederate monument, efforts to remove a Confederate memorial in downtown Pensacola are gaining steam.

Pensacola’s Confederate monument is located at Lee Square on Palafox Street, downtown. It was dedicated back in 1891, more than a quarter-century (26 years) after the Civil War.