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Bethune Gets Backing To Replace Confederate In Capitol

Nov 15, 2017
Florida Memory / State Archives of Florida

A statue of civil-rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune is getting support in both chambers of the Legislature as a replacement for a Confederate general who has long represented Florida in the U.S. Capitol.

As Jacksonville residents grapple with whether to remove the city’s Confederate monuments a group of area high school students are offering a more conciliatory alternative to the normally fractious debate among adults.


Woman holding sign at meeting
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"Liberty," "Freedom" and "Hope" are   expected to be the new names for the Hollywood streets currently named after Confederate generals.

Hollywood's city commission voted at the end of August to rename the three streets that currently bear names that honor the Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forrest and John B. Hood.

But what the new names for Forrest Street and Drive, Hood Street and Lee Street, should be was yet to be decided. Not anymore.

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After a five and a half hour-long public comment and discussion, the city of Hollywood decided to rename streets that bear the names of Confederate icons.

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The city of Hollywood has been grappling with how to deal with some of its Confederate icons and is looking into changing streets named after Confederate generals.

The issue may be decided Wednesday, when the City Commission is scheduled to vote on whether to change the names or keep the existing ones.

Sen. Lauren Book (D-Plantation) wants to roll back Florida’s confederate holiday observances.

As the debate rages over what role Confederate monuments do — and should — play in commemorating U.S. history, Jennifer Allen says we can learn a lot from Germany.

Allen is an assistant professor of German history at Yale University, and she specializes in something called memory politics.

A South Florida Senator is trying again to send a statue of Mary McLeod Bethune to represent Florida in Washington D.C’s Statuary Hall.  The current statue is confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith.

Though the violence has ended in Charlottesville, Va., debates and protests continue and Confederate statues and monuments are being removed all over the country.

Updated at 4:59 p.m. ET

President Trump stood by his heavily criticized defense of monuments commemorating the Confederacy in a series of tweets Thursday morning. Trump said removing the statues of Confederate generals meant removing "beauty" — that would "never able to be comparably replaced" — from American cities. As he did in a Tuesday press conference, he also attempted to equate some Confederate generals with some of the Founding Fathers.

Strung together, the tweets read:

The Confederate statue at the county courthouse in downtown Tampa may not be moving after all. Hillsborough County Commissioners are now asking the public to pay for it.

St. Pete Mayor Orders Removal Of Confederate Marker

Aug 16, 2017

The mayor of St. Petersburg has ordered the removal of a stone marker erected in 1939 to commemorate Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson.

A Florida group trying to preserve Confederate monuments is backing a new effort: erecting a statue of Snooty the manatee.

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