Edmund Kirby Smith

Mary McLeod Bethune in front of White Hall at Bethune-Cookman University.
public domain via Florida Memory

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.

Mary McLeod Bethune
Florida State Archives

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.

Mary McLeod Bethune
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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.
Architect of the Capitol

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.

Gen. 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.

Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith
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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.

Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith
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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.
Architect of the Capitol

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
U.S. Capitol via Wikimedia Commons

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.
U.S. Capitol via Wikimedia Commons

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.