Mary McLeod Bethune will soon be immortalized in the United States Capitol.
A statue of the civil rights activist is set to represent the state of Florida in the National Statuary Hall Collection, replacing that of a Confederate general which had been part of the collection since 1922, according to Rep. Kathy Castor.
The statue, which is currently part of a temporary exhibit in Daytona, will join the collection in early 2022.
🚨 Progress! The confederate general that has represented the State of Florida in the U.S. Capitol since the Jim Crow era has left the building, paving the way for a great Floridian who can unite us all: educator and civil rights leader, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune! pic.twitter.com/E7klw8U7CT
— US Rep Kathy Castor (@USRepKCastor) September 4, 2021
Bethune will be the first Black person to have a state-commissioned statue in the sanctuary hall. She will also be “one of only a few women” to represent a state in the 100-statue collection.
“Dr. Bethune embodies the very best of the Sunshine State – Floridians and all Americans can take great pride in being represented by the great educator and civil rights icon,” Castor said in a statement.