After the idea died in the Senate during the 2017 legislative session, a House Democrat is renewing a proposal to establish a Florida slavery memorial at the state Capitol.
Miami Democratic Rep. Kionne McGhee filed the proposal (HB 67) this week for consideration during the 2018 session, which starts in January. The House this spring approved creation of slavery memorial, but the issue was not taken up in Senate committees.
McGhee’s bill would direct the Department of Management Services to develop a plan for a slavery memorial at the Capitol Complex. The department also would manage the memorial.
“It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the American colonies and to honor the nameless and forgotten men, women, and children who have gone unrecognized for their undeniable and weighty contributions to the United States,” the bill says.
Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.