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Confederate General Statue In U.S. Capitol May Have New Florida Location

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.

“We are in the center of the state,” he said, during a meeting of the General Edmund Kirby Smith Statue Location Selection Committee. “We believe that this is a work of art that needs to be fair and easy accessibility for all Floridians to come and see. I think that’s really important.”

This is just one more step in having a statue of civil rights activist and educator Mary McLeod Bethune replace Kirby Smith’s, as one of two statues representing Florida in Washington D.C. If the state gets approval from the Joint Library of Congress, Bethune would be the first black woman to appear in National Statuary Hall.

State tuned to Friday's Capitol Report for more on this story.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.