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Division of Historical Resources Requests Recommendations for National Statuary Hall Replacement

Tallahassee –

The Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources requests interested members of the public submit recommendations of candidates for the replacement of the statue of General Edmund Kirby Smith in the National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

“In an effort to ensure that the voices of all Floridians are heard, the Florida Division of Historical Resources is providing an online survey for the public to recommend candidates that may be considered to represent Florida in National Statuary Hall,” said Dr. Timothy Parsons, Director, Division of Historical Resources. “I encourage all interested Floridians to provide feedback on this important matter. Recommendations may also be submitted to the Division by mail.”

Pursuant to Ch. 2016-41, Laws of Florida, the Ad Hoc Committee of the Great Floridians Program within the Division of Historical Resources of the Department of State shall recommend to the Florida Legislature three (3) prominent Florida citizens for consideration to replace the statue of General Edmund Kirby Smith as one of Florida’s two statuesin National Statuary Hall.

Additional information and the online survey are available at this link to the National Statuary Hall survey.A link to the survey is also available through the Department of State and Division of Historical Resources homepages. The online survey will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2016. The results of recommendations received by the Division will be considered by the Ad Hoc Committee at its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

Recommendations may also be submitted in writing, including by mail or in-person delivery. Written recommendations should be submitted to the Division of Historical Resources at the following address by 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, June 10, 2016:

Division of Historical Resources

ATTN: National Statuary Hall

3rd Floor, R.A. Gray Building,

500 S. Bronough Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

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About The Division of Historical Resources

The Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources (DHR) is responsible for preserving and promoting Florida’s historical, archaeological, and folk culture resources. DHR directs historic preservation efforts throughout the state in cooperation with state and federal agencies, local governments, private organizations, and individuals. The director of DHR serves as the State Historic Preservation Officer, acting as the liaison with the national historic preservation program conducted by the National Park Service. The Division is comprised of two Bureaus or major program areas: archaeological research and historic preservation. For more information, visit flheritage.com.