Measure to create slavery memorial heads to Florida House

November 7, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House will vote on whether to create a state memorial to honor slaves and acknowledge the cruelty of slavery.

A bill (HB 67) to create a memorial on the Florida Capitol’s grounds cleared its final committee stop on Tuesday and now heads to the full House. The House will consider the legislation during the session that starts in January.

Democratic Rep. Kionne McGhee says the memorial would honor the men, women and children who were enslaved and haven’t been recognized for their contributions.

The bill language recognizes the “injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States.”

A similar bill died last year when it was blocked by a Republican senator who’s a descendent of a Confederate soldier.

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