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House panel set to discuss U.S. Capitol statue

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Amid proposals to replace a likeness of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith with a statue of civil-rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune, a state House committee next week is scheduled to discuss the process of replacing statues at the National Statuary Hall in Washington.

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With no legislative action, Confederate statue remains in U.S. Capitol

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The General abides. With lawmakers taking no action this year, a bronze statue of a Confederate general representing Florida shall remain indefinitely in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. Two competing bills died this Legislative Session. One called for a likeness of educator and civil-rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune to replace the statue of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. Another proposed a statue of environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, author of “The Everglades: River of Grass,” to take Smith’s place. “Next year, we expect movement in the House…

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How state officials decided who made the cut for new statue

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As interesting as who’s on the list to be the subject of Florida’s next statue in the U.S. Capitol may be who’s not on the list. Last week, the Department of State released 129 names submitted by the public as recommendations for a new statue in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall. State lawmakers will make the final decision. Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of what is now Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, is the top public choice. Every state has two statues. Florida is seeking…

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Rick Scott signs bill to replace General Edmund Kirby Smith statue in Washington

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A bill to remove and replace a statue of a Confederate army general is one of more than two dozen bills signed into law Thursday. Gov. Rick Scott signed the bill (SB 310), which calls on the Department of State to select a prominent Floridian to replace General Edmund Kirby Smith’s statue in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. The move to take down the statue came after renewed debate about Confederate symbols, including its battle flag. The law…

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Legislators speculate on great Floridian for Capitol statue

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A proposal to remove a statue of a Confederate leader at the National Statuary Hall is generating speculation among Florida legislators about whose image should replace it. Legislation to replace the statue of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith doesn’t propose a successor. Smith’s place in history is due to his being the last officer to surrender a significant Confederate military force during the Civil War. Some legislators have suggested Florida should choose a woman, like writer Zora Neale Hurston. Only 10…

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Proposal to replace statue of Confederate general advances in Florida House

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A House committee on Wednesday OK’d a legislative move to replace the statue of a Confederate army general as one of Florida’s two eminences in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall where it’s been since 1922. The House Economics Committee unanimously approved the proposal sponsored by Miami Republican Rep. Jose Felix Diaz to replace the statue of Lt. Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. The legislation also would replace Florida’s other statue, Dr. John Gorrie, who pioneered air conditioning in the 1840s.…

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Today on Context Florida: Honoring famous Floridians, Marin County’s botched website and a year of melting

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Today on Context Florida: Florida had been a state for less than a century when it came time to honor famous citizens with two statues at the U.S. Capitol. At the time, there were few plausible candidates, says Martin Dyckman. Dr. John Gorrie, the physician who invented mechanical refrigeration – imagine modern Florida without it – was an outstanding choice. But from today’s perspective, Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith is a head-scratcher. Let 2016 be the year the Legislature finally retires…

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