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Little Rock Nine Mentor & Civil Rights Leader Daisy Bates To Be Honored With Sculpture At U.S. Capitol 

Arkansas is set to replace its representations in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall with figures more celebrated and relevant to its history and values. The current, relatively obscure statues will make way for civil rights leader Daisy Bates and iconic musician Johnny Cash. Bates, known for her role in mentoring the Little Rock Nine during the 1957 integration of Central High School, is a prominent figure in Arkansas civil rights history. The planned statue, an 8-foot tall bronze by Idaho sculptor Benjamin Victor, will depict her holding a newspaper and a pen, reflecting her career in journalism and her advocacy.

"I hope it really first and foremost inspires them to study Daisy Bates' life and legacy," Victor said. "A big part of it is to capture that spirit of hers and inspire others to do the same and stand up for what's right."

These new statues, chosen after some legislative debate over other significant Arkansas figures, aim to reflect the true spirit and diversity of the state. They will replace figures from the 19th and early 20th centuries, including James P. Clarke, known for his divisive racial statements. This initiative, supported by both parties and different generations, examines a broader recognition of the need for representations that align more closely with contemporary values and historical understanding.

Link: NBCNews


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