City Manager Norton Bonaparte Jr. said the memorial was removed and taken to the Sanford Museum on E. 1st Street. Each item of the memorial was carefully handled and inventoried, said city officials.
The memorial popped up only a few weeks after Martin’s death – an event that led to marches, rallies and protests in Sanford during March and April.
Martin was shot and killed Feb. 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman, 28. Zimmerman, who now faces second-degree murder charges for the incident, has claimed that he shot Martin in self-defense.
Bonaparte told commissioners Monday the Martin family was contacted before removing the memorial, and the city went as far as to offer to let them have any pieces of the memorial.
However, some residents seemed to disagree with the removal of the memorial and the way the city went about it.
Resident Lowman Oliver, whose daughter Natalie Jackson is one of the attorneys representing the Martin family, said city officials gave the Martins the impression that the erectors of the memorial were alright with its removal, when that was not the case.
“There needs to be a revisiting of that memorial,” he told commissioners Monday evening.
Oliver also said he did not understand why the memorial was removed when other memorials are allowed to remain in the city.
Commissioner Velma Williams also expressed concern over the removal of the memorial and said she would be contacting the Martin family in the next few days to see how they felt on the subject.