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Florida Takes Further Steps to Eliminate Confederate Memories

   

Florida is considering who would replace Smith's statue. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida is considering who would replace Smith's statue. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith’s statue has sat in Statuary Hall since 1922 and now will likely be removed. The Florida House of Representatives sent a veto-proof bill to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk on Wednesday to take it down.  

The bill to remove Smith’s statue in the U.S. Capitol was approved 83 to 32 and last month, passed the state Senate by a 33 to 7 vote. Smith was a Confederate general and, according to the Miami New Times , was born in Florida but did not live there as an adult.  

In Statuary Hall, each state has two citizens represented. The other Floridian is doctor John Gorrie, who invented the precursor to air conditioning.  

Since 2003, states have been able to replace their chosen statues. Possible contenders discussed in the Florida Legislature, according to the Times, has been environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Standard Oil founder Henry Flagler and Walt Disney.  

The Florida Legislature also is planning to commission a new statue through private funds and not use taxpayer money.  

In October, amid controversy over the Confederate Flag in Congress, the Florida Senate agreed to remove the flag from its official seal. The rule was agreed to without objection.

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