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USJohnny Cash statue to replace Confederate figure on Capitol Hill

10:55  18 april  2019
10:55  18 april  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Statues of music legend Johnny Cash and civil rights icon Daisy Lee Gatson Bates will replace two Confederate figures on Capitol Hill . James Paul Clarke to be replaced in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol . Hutchinson said in a weekly address that the change was being made “to update the statues

The likenesses of music legend Johnny Cash and civil rights icon Daisy Lee Gatson Bates will appear in the hallways of the U.S. Capitol in But the debate that swept the nation a few years ago over whether to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces has also played out on Capitol Hill

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Statues of music legend Johnny Cash and civil rights icon Daisy Lee Gatson Bates will replace two Confederate figures on Capitol Hill.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) this month signed a law calling for the statues of Arkansas attorney Urah Milton Rose and former Gov. James P. Clarke to be replaced in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol.

Hutchinson said in a weekly address that the change was being made "to update the statues with representatives of our more recent history."

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The likenesses of music legend Johnny Cash and civil rights icon Daisy Lee Gatson Bates will appear in the hallways of the U.S. Capitol in But the debate that swept the nation a few years ago over whether to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces has also played out on Capitol Hill

Statues of music legend Johnny Cash and civil rights icon Daisy Lee Gatson Bates will replace two Confederate figures on Capitol Hill . James P. Clarke to be replaced in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol . Hutchinson said in a weekly address that the change was being made "to update the statues

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, who first reported the swap last week, noted that Rose and Clarke are controversial figures.

Clarke, a United States senator and governor of the state, reportedly held segregationist views. Rose was an attorney who sided with the Confederacy. Arkansas lawmakers have been pushing for years to replace the statues, according to the Democrat-Gazette.

Each state is allowed to send two statues to line the hallways of the Capitol building. According to the Washington Post, once the statues of Rose and Clarke are removed, 11 sculptures of men with ties to the Confederacy will remain in the collection.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is one of the more high-profile lawmakers to call for the removal of statues that honor the era of slavery.

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Arkansas is replacing its century-old statues in the U.S. Capitol with more modern figures : American music legend Johnny Cash and civil rights hero Currently, Arkansas is represented in the National Statuary Hall by two statues : Civil War-era attorney Uriah Milton Rose and James Paul Clarke, who

Country music legend Johnny Cash and civil rights leader Daisy Gatson Bates will soon be immortalized as statues in the US Capitol building, replacing two controversial Confederate -era figures .

"There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country," she said in 2017.

Johnny Cash, a country music artist with crossover success, was from Arkansas.

"We're especially honored that a statue of my dad has been chosen to represent Arkansas in our nation's Capitol," Cash's daughter Rosanne Cash said during Hutchinson's address last week.

Daisy Lee Gatson Bates played an integral role in the desegregation of schools in Arkansas, including mentoring the African American children known as the Little Rock Nine.

Bates's goddaughter also praised the change, saying: "It looks like the state of Arkansas is shining down on one of its darling daughters today.

"To have her being recognized by millions of people all over the world, this is something that will resonate and will help improve our state," she said. "It's all about us joining together and making a difference, and Daisy Bates truly made a difference."

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