Lakeland in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Polk County Confederate Monument
— 1861 1865 —
In memory of that noble band, who have crossed the mystic stream,
and are resting now in that happy land,
where peace and pleasure reign supreme.
The heroic deeds will never fade,
from memory's brightest page,
and their brave defense of country and home,
is left as a glorious heritage.
This monument was erected
by the Lakeland Chapter
United Daughters of the Confederacy
In memory of the noble
Sons of the South.
Erected 1910 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Lakeland Chapter.
Topics and series. This historical marker monument is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy series list.
Location. 28° 2.42′ N, 81° 58.001′ W. Marker is in Lakeland, Florida, in Polk County. Marker can be reached from Lake Beulah Drive, on the right when traveling south. The monument Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Lake Beulah Drive, Lakeland FL 33801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Oates Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Polk Theatre and Office Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of the Camp of The 10th Cavalry, The “Buffalo Soldiers” (approx. 0.7 miles away); Munn Park Historic District (approx. 0.7 miles away); Munn Park (approx. ¾ mile away); Second Mass. Infantry Camp (approx. 0.8 miles away); Allen Kryger (approx. 0.8 miles away); ‘Mute Swan Protecting Her Cygnets’ (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lakeland.
More about this monument. The monument is an east facing, large granite shaft surmounted by a statue of a Confederate Soldier. Etched onto its front face is an image of two nondescript flags hanging from two poles crossed in an "x" formation.
The monument stood as the centerpiece of Munn Park, a Lakeland city park, until March 2019, when it was moved to Veteran’s Park. The photographs on this page show the monument at Munn Park.
1. Monument has been moved.
After a years-long debate and a federal lawsuit, this 108-year-old Confederate monument was taken down from Lakeland's downtown Munn Park and moved, less than a mile, to Lakeland Veterans Memorial Park at Lake Beulah Drive in March of 2019.
As part of the nationwide blowback against the display of Confederate monuments in public spaces, some residents banded together to convince city officials to relocate the monument. In the minds of some Lakeland residents, the statue wasn’t representative of the city in its present day.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 898 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 14, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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