Robert E. Lee bust found knocked over in Fort Myers

Robert E Lee Bust

FORT MYERS, FL – AUGUST 18: Jacki Lewan and Steve Lewan (L-R), from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, walk away after looking at a bronze bust of Confederate general Robert E. Lee on display in the median on Monroe street in the midst of a national controversy over whether Confederate symbols should be removed from public display on […]

Authorities in Fort Myers say they’re trying to find out who knocked down a controversial bust of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The News-Press reports that the bust of Lee’s head and upper torso was found Tuesday morning lying on the ground in front of the pedestal in downtown Fort Myers, where it has stood for the past half-century.

Fort Myers police and members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans responded to the scene of the toppled monument. The bust was back in place by Wednesday morning.

The Lee bust has generated controversy in recent years. Some see it as a symbol of racism while others consider it part of their Southern heritage.

Fort Myers is the county seat of Lee County, which was founded in 1887 and named after the Confederate general.

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