Florida Slavery Memorial proposed for Capitol

A Democratic lawmaker has proposed the creation of a “Florida Slavery Memorial” that would be built at the state Capitol complex. Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, filed the proposal (HB 27) last week for consideration during the 2017 legislative session, which starts in March.

The Department of Management Services, according to a report in the Tallahassee Democrat, would be required to build the memorial after considering recommendations from the Florida Historical Commission, according to the bill.

“It is the intent of the Legislature to recognize the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the American Colonies and to honor the nameless and forgotten men, women, and children who have gone unrecognized for their undeniable and weighty contributions to the United States,” part of the bill says.

During this year’s session, lawmakers passed a bill to create a Holocaust memorial at the Capitol complex.

That measure similarly called for the Department of Management Services to build a memorial after receiving recommendations from the Florida Historical Commission.


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