Legislators speculate on great Floridian for Capitol statue

Edmund Kirby Smith
Posted at 5:32 AM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 05:32:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A move to replace a statue of a Confederate leader at the National Statuary Hall is generating speculation among Florida legislators over whose image should replace it. Legislation to replace the statue of Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith doesn't propose a successor.

Smith's place in history is due to his being the last officer to surrender a significant Confederate military force during the Civil War. Some legislators have suggested Florida choose a woman, like writer Zora Neale Hurston. Only 10 of the 100 statues in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., are of women. Others suggestions include Walt Disney, business tycoon Henry Flagler and former Governor Leroy Collins.