Florida county asks governor to find new home for Confederate general statue

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A Florida county's commissioners voted in favor Tuesday of protesting a decision for it to become the new home of a Confederate general statue that currently is on display in Washington, D.C.
A Florida county's commissioners voted in favor Tuesday of protesting a decision made by a state committee last year for it to become the new home of a Confederate general statue that currently is on display in Washington, D.C.

The 9-foot-tall bronze monument honoring Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith, who was born in Florida and became the last surviving full general of either army during the Civil War, is standing today at the National Statuary Hall.

Yet now, with the Smith statue to be replaced there by Florida African-American educator and civil rights leader Mary McCleod Bethune, officials in Lake County – by a 4-1 vote – are asking Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to select a different county to claim the Confederate monument, according to Reuters.

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