Bethune statue ready to go to full Senate

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Source: With little discussion, a Senate committee Thursday approved a plan to place a statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Be...

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With little discussion, a Senate committee Thursday approved a plan to place a statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune in the U.S. Capitol as a representative of Florida.The unanimous approval by the Rules Committee readied the proposal (SB 472 and SCR 184), sponsored by Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Fort Lauderdale, to go to the full Senate.The issue has been high-profile because the statue of Bethune would replace a likeness of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, who has long represented Florida in the National Statuary Hall in Washington.The Legislature voted in 2016 to replace the Smith statue during a nationwide backlash against Confederate symbols in the wake of the 2015 shooting deaths of nine African-American worshippers at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.But lawmakers last year did not reach agreement on whose likeness should replace Smith.A House proposal (HB 139) backing a Bethune statue has also started moving forward.
Source: News 4 Jax

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