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Florida moves to replace Confederate statue in US Capitol

Posted at 7:01 AM, Feb 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-01 07:10:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida could soon diversify the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall, by replacing a statue of a Confederate general with its first African-American woman.
    
The state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to install a statue of educator Mary McLeod Bethune in the spot where a statue of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith still stands.
    
Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill two years ago calling for Smith's statue to be replaced, but last year bills choosing a replacement died.
    
Congress lets each state send two statues to the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. Florida's other statue is of John Gorrie, whose inventions led to modern-day air conditioning.
    
Bethune founded Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in 1904, which eventually became Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach.

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