Arkansas Senate passes plan to replace US Capitol statues

Published 02-18-2019

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Senate has approved a plan to replace the state's two statues at the U.S. Capitol with ones depicting singer Johnny Cash and civil rights leader Daisy Bates.

The Senate voted 33-0 Monday for the proposal to replace the two statues depicting Uriah Rose and James P. Clarke.

Rose was a 19th century attorney and Clarke was a governor and U.S. senator in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Each state is allotted two statues at the U.S. Capitol. Supporters of the change have said the current statues depict figures few people in Arkansas recognize.

The bill now heads to the House.

Bates was an activist and writer who mentored the nine black children who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Cash was born in Kingsland.

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