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U.S. Capitol statue collection gets first Black American, replacing Confederate

 

Haiyun Jiang - New York Times

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hosted an unveiling ceremony Wednesday morning for a statue commemorating the educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Bethune, the first Black American representing a state in the National Statuary Hall, replaces a Confederate general.

A statue of Mary McLeod Bethune was unveiled Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol, making her the first Black American in the National Statuary Hall collection.

Bethune was a civil rights activist, a presidential adviser and the founder of the Daytona Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls, which became Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach. Her statue represents the state of Florida.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hosted an unveiling ceremony Wednesday morning, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif .; Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla .; Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla .; and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., among those in attendance.

https://www.startribune.com/u-s-capitol-statue-collection-gets-first-black-american-replacing-confederate/600190024/

 

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