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Gov. Agrees To Replace Confederate Statue


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.

The governor’s signature begins a process to replace the statue of confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith in statuary hall.  It’s housed in the U.S. Capitol and it honors notable men and women from all fifty states.  Under the new provisions, the great Floridians committee will determine who should replace smith, and the Florida council on arts will choose a sculptor.  Each state gets two entries.  Besides Smith, Florida submitted john Gorrie—a pioneer in refrigeration.  Gorrie’s statue will remain in the Capitol.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.