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FL Senate Panel Backs Bethune Statue For D.C.

Mary McLeod Bethune
Florida Memory

After a hiccup last year in the Florida House, state lawmakers seem poised to send a statue of civil rights activist and educator Mary McLeod Bethune to Washington D.C.  

Sen. Perry Thurston (D-Fort Lauderdale) says the statue will take the place of confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith.

“I think that it represents a showing of Florida’s diversity, Florida’s strength and most importantly the best of Florida,” Thurston says.

Each state has two entries in statuary hall honoring state notables.  Florida’s current figures are Smith and John Gorrie—an early innovator in air conditioning. 

The proposal has one committee stop left in the House and Senate.

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.