Editor’s note: See our take on Bethune here.
By Jim Turner
News Service of Florida
A statue of civil-rights activist and educator Mary McLeod Bethune moved closer Tuesday to replacing a likeness of a Confederate general in representing Florida in the U.S. Capitol.
The House Government Accountability Committee voted 20-1, with Jacksonville Republican Jay Fant opposed, to approve a measure (HB 139) that calls for a statue of Bethune to replace Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith in the National Statuary Hall.
Each state gets two representatives at the statuary hall, and Smith has represented Florida since 1922. Continue Reading →