The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that a Florida lawmaker has recently put a halt to plans to replace the statue of a Confederate General in the U.S. Capitol with a new piece honoring Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, an environmentalist who played a key role in the preservation of the Florida Everglades. Instead, Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood is making the case that a statue of Walt Disney should serve as the replacement.
Every state gets to place two statues in the U.S. Capitol building honoring important historical figures in that State’s history. Currently Florida’s statues are John Gorrie who pioneered the technology the brought refrigerators into American households and Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith. The issue of whether to replace Gen. Kirby with Walt Disney will need to be put to the 161 legislators in Florida as well as the governor.
The bill to approve the statue is currently on hold for the remainder of this year with a decision unlikely until some point in 2018.
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