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Bill proposes Hattie Caraway, Jimmy Driftwood statues

February 4, 2019

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A new bill calls for Arkansas’ two statues at the U.S. Capitol to be replaced with ones depicting the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate and a folk musician.

Republican Sen. Missy Irvin on Monday filed l egislation calling for statues of Hattie Caraway and Jimmy Driftwood at the U.S. Capitol building. Arkansas is currently represented by statues of James P. Clarke, a former governor and U.S. senator in the late 1800s and 1900s, and Uriah Rose, a 19th century attorney.

Caraway represented Arkansas in the U.S. Senate for 14 years. Driftwood was a prolific folk singer and songwriter.

A proposal to replace the current statues with ones depicting civil rights activist Daisy Bates and singer Johnny Cash failed before a Senate committee last week.

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