Along with many Lake County residents, I have been following the events surrounding the pending acceptance and installation of the Confederate statue in the Lake County Historical Museum in Tavares. A number of city councils passed resolutions opposing the installation of this statue.

As a resident of this county, I would like to state yet again, I believe the importation of this statue will likely foment ill will and reopen wounds that should have healed long ago.

When you google Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, Wikipedia states, “at a County Commission meeting on July 24, 2018, about 24 residents spoke against, and none in favor, of bringing the statue to Lake County. Chairman Sullivan assured the crowd that the commission would tell the Historical Museum ‘that there is no longer a want or desire to bring this statue to Lake County.’” When did that decision change?

When I recently asked what is occurring with regard to the statue, I was informed by Commissioner Campione that she is putting together an advisory committee to include a civil rights and black history exhibit. We know this is an excuse to install the statue in Lake County under the guise of being racially sensitive. Also, we all know, the museum is requesting donations to cover the initial fee of $10,000 to bring the statue here.

If Rep. Dennis Baxley wants this statue to be brought to Central Florida, tell him to put it in Marion County.

Finally, both the by-laws of the Historical Society and agreement between Lake County and the Historical Museum (signed by the Board of the Museum on July 10, 2010) describe the purpose of the museum as being to secure "...material pertaining to the history of Lake County Florida, including history of the territory now within the political boundaries of Lake County." Given the Museum's stated purpose, how does this board justify violating these agreements to purchase this acquisition?

Barbara M. Hill, Eustis