The first sculpture depicting a Black American in Statuary Hall now stands, and she represents Florida.
The unveiling of Mary McLeod Bethune’s statue brought the Florida delegation together to celebrate history. Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Hollywood Democrat, spoke at a ceremony Wednesday on what it means to swap a Confederate general with a Civil Rights leader.
“We are rewriting the history we want to share with future generations,” Wilson said. “We are replacing a remnant of hatred and division with a symbol of hope and inspiration by placing Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in Statuary Hall, among our nation’s historical
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