After renewed public outcry that the statue is a symbol of racism and white supremacy, workers began dismantling the 800-pound concrete statue Tuesday.
City officials say they do not plan to open it immediately because of concerns that the wrong conditions might damage its contents.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer chose to relocate the statue after a blogger said the memorial was a symbol of racism. Crist said he wanted to find a way to bring the community together.
The Hillsborough County Commission voted 4-3 Wednesday not to remove a statue that was erected in Tampa in 1911.
His proposal came at the same time that other local governments in the South are voting to remove such memorials of the Civil War.
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It's not the end of the statue, however: It will be rebuilt in a Confederate veterans section of the Orlando municipal cemetery, not too far from it's original site. The city is also working with historians to install a plaque near the monument that gives historical context and serves as an educational tool. The process is expected to take approximately six weeks.
Greenwood Cemetery sexton Don Price stands in the Confederate veterans section where the statue will eventually be relocated. The reassembled statue will face north toward the Union states, instead of the way it's facing now, which is west toward Parramore, Orlando's largely African-American neighborhood.
" The thing is we're trying to make sure that number one it won't offend", Price said.