LEE COUNTY, Fla.- There's been a recent, strong push to keep "Lee" in Lee County. We've told you that the local chapter of the NAACP wants a portrait of Robert E. Lee taken down from inside the County Commission chambers. The group says they find it offensive, but WINK News has learned The Ku Klux Clan is hoping the portrait stays.
"If we remove the portrait, the picture, from the wall, it's almost as if we were changing Lee County's name," said Shellie Weber, Second President with the United Daughters of Confederacy.
The portrait of Robert E. Lee, the South's Military Leader, is getting a lot of support from those who want to preserve of piece of Lee County history.
"We just don't think we should stand by and see his name ridiculed," said Weber.
The local NAACP argues the painting hanging as the center piece in commission chambers is disrespectful to minorities, but members with the United Daughters of Confederacy say Robert E. Lee is Lee County.
"I think the problem is this issue is with the local president of the NAACP and if I had to make a comment, I think he is out there trying to make a name for himself."
Weber is hoping this piece of history isn't erased.
"Everything that you know about him proves that he is an honorable man, and if he was living today he would fight for equal rights just like anyone else would," Weber told WINK News.
The Traditional American Knights Ku Klux Clan, is expressing their support for the portrait. WINK News was able to obtain a letter addressed to Commissioner Larry Kiker and copied to the other commissioners.
It says in part "We are asking you to please ignore the political correct rhetoric and ranting of this group and stand up for our history and heritage by leaving the portrait of this great American in place for future generations to enjoy."
The letter is from Park Hills, Missouri and was signed with the initials DLW.
We did reach out to the leader of the local NAACP for comment, he has not returned our calls.