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A Department of State panel has agreed to allow a Confederate General statue currently in the U.S. Capitol to call a Florida museum its new home. But, that decision is receiving some pushback.

The statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith currently in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.
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A Florida museum may be the new location for the statue of a Confederate General currently in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. On Thursday, a state panel approved the Lake County Historical Society and Museum’s application to become the new home of the likeness of Edmund Kirby Smith. Bob Grenier is the curator of the museum located in Tavares, which he says is a prime location for the statue.

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Governor Rick Scott says putting a likeness of Mary McLeod Bethune in National Statuary Hall is the right thing to do for Floridians. The activist could make history, if she replaces a Confederate General as one of two statues representing Florida in Washington D.C.

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The Florida Senate has given the green light to an effort to put a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune in the U.S. Capitol. Her likeness would replace a statue of a Confederate General.

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Of Florida’s four historically black colleges and universities, only Bethune Cookman University was founded in the early 1900s and named after an African American woman. In the first part of our “HBCU Profiles” series, we'll take a look at the past, present, and future of B-CU.

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When the 2018 lawmaking session begins in January, Florida lawmakers will again wrestle with who we honor and how we memorialize them.  One measure would establish a monument—another would remove one.

Mary McLeod Bethune in front of White Hall at Bethune-Cookman University.
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The Florida Legislature is poised to make good on a 2016 decision to replace one of its entries in Washington D.C.’s statuary hall.  Mary McLeod Bethune seems likely to get the nod.

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A South Florida Senator is trying again to send a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune to represent Florida in Washington D.C’s Statuary Hall.  The current statue is confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith.

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Florida lawmakers want to put a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune in the U.S. Capitol. But the internationally renowned educator and activist isn’t the only contender.

One of three finalists will be chosen to replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith.
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The Great Floridians committee is recommending an educator, an environmentalist, or a grocer to represent the state in Washington D.C.’s Statuary Hall. 

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Florida will soon have a new statue in the U.S. Capitol.  Florida Gov. Rick Scott has approved a measure to replace a sculpture of confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith.

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Prospects appear rosy for a measure replacing the statue of confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith in Washington D.C.’s statuary hall.  The governor is likely to sign the bill into law.

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Florida’s lawmakers have a busy week coming up as 2016’s regular session begins to wind down.  Here are some highlights on the docket.

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Florida is a step closer to replacing one—or both—of its entries in Washington D.C.’s Statuary Hall.  A measure to replace a confederate general has passed the Senate.

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A measure aimed at replacing the statue of confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith in Congress’ Statuary Hall is headed for the Senate floor.  But it seems likely to face a tough vote.  Sen. Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) wants a better explanation before disqualifying Smith.

One of three finalists will be chosen to replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith.
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A move to replace the statue of a Confederate general in the U.S. Capitol’s statuary hall passed its first hurdle in the Florida Senate.  

Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith
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House lawmakers unanimously approved a measure aimed at replacing a statue of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith in Washington D.C.’s Statuary Hall.  But there’s a long way to go.

Florida's statue of Edmund Kirby Smith in Washington D.C.
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In June this year nine black men and women were shot and killed at a South Carolina church.  As details about the incident and the alleged shooter emerged, it became clear the suspect—Dylann Roof—was motivated by racial hatred.  It’s likely no consolation to the victims’ families or the Charleston community, but the shock of those murders prompted many throughout the south to reassess their relationship with the Confederacy.  Now, a South Florida Republican lawmaker is questioning one of Florida’s entries in Washington D.C.’s Statuary Hall—Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith.