Statue of Mary McLeod Bethune to Replace Confederate General in U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall

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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.

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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.

The 6,000-pound statue, which was funded by the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Statuary Project, was sculpted by Nilda Comas using a block of statuario marble carved from Michelangelo’s cave, according to the organization.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Katie Campione