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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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Looks like that Confederate general will remain in Statuary Hall collection

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Representative Scott Plakon may have succeeded where a devotee of Southern Heritage failed in blocking the replacement of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as one of Florida’s two representatives in the National Statuary Hall collection. Seber Newsome III of Save Southern Heritage appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee last week to oppose sending Smith packing. It was a lost cause: The committee voted unanimously in favor of a resolution, SCR 1360, by Sen. Perry Thurston, to replace Smith with Mary McLeod Bethune, founder of Bethune-Cookman College. Meanwhile,…

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Perry Thurston, others want Confederate statue issue resolved

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Former and current black lawmakers took to the Old Capitol steps Thursday to call for a likeness of educator and civil-rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune to replace a statue of a Confederate general now in the U.S. Capitol. Led by Sen. Perry Thurston, a Fort Lauderdale Democrat, and surrounded by alumni members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, the group called for passage of Thurston’s bill (SCR 1360) that would formally approve Dr. Bethune to replace Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith in the Capitol’s National…

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Florida now has three suggestions to replace Confederate statue

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Either the African-American woman who founded what’s now Bethune-Cookman University, the founder of Publix supermarkets or the woman credited with saving the Everglades will replace a Confederate general’s statue that represents Florida in the U.S. Capitol. The three Floridians were selected Wednesday by a committee that reviewed 130 recommendations made by the public. The Legislature will now choose which of the three will replace the statue of Edmund Kirby Smith. Mary McLeod Bethune, who founded Daytona Literary and Industrial Training…

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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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Today on Context Florida: Marks of progress, genitals, Mary McLeod Bethune and reforming education reform

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Today on Context Florida: Marks of progress, such as Gov. Rick Scott recently signing a bill removing John U. Lloyd’s name from the beach park and renaming it in honor of Von D. Mizell and Eula Johnson, gives Jac VerSteeg reason to hope in these days of regressionists like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, (aka Lucifer in the Flesh). Conservatives used to be all about lower taxes and smaller government. These days, says Diane Roberts, they’re all about genitals: what you…

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