Robert E. Lee bust removed from downtown Fort Myers

Published: June 1, 2020 11:25 PM EDT
Updated: June 2, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

The bust of Robert E. Lee has been removed from its plinth in downtown Fort Myers at the request of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the city confirmed Monday.

Protesters were surrounding it Monday evening. That was related to the calls for justice amid the death of George Floyd, who died in the custody of Minneapolis police.

Fort Myers Police Department also assisted with traffic control during the removal, at the request from Sons of Confederate Veterans, since the bust is located on a median in the City of Fort Myers’ right-of-way.