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Statue of Johnny Cash will replace statues of Confederate figures on Capitol Hill

Country music legend Johnny Cash and civil rights icon Daisy Lee Gatson Bates will replace the statues of two Confederate figures that are currently in place on Capitol Hill, The Hill reports.

Earlier this month, Arkansas’ Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill that called for statues of Arkansas attorney Uriah Milton Rose and former Arkansas Gov. James Paul Clarke, which currently sit in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol, to be replaced.

In a statement, Hutchinson said that the replacements will “update the statues with representatives of our more recent history.”

As The Hill points out, Rose and Clark are figures who were not on the Union’s side during the Civil War.

Clarke, a former United States senator and governor of the state, reportedly held segregationist views. Rose was an attorney who sided with the Confederacy.

Although the replacements representing Arkansas will go forward, 11 sculptures of men with ties to the Confederacy will remain in Statuary Hall, according to The Washington Post. Each state is allowed to send historically relevant statues to be included in the collection.

Cash’s daughter, Rosanne Cash, was present for the signing ceremony that cemented Act 581 into law.

“We’re especially honored that a statue of my dad has been chosen to represent Arkansas in our nation’s Capitol,” Rosanne Cash said, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. “It’s made even more special by the fact that he will be sharing this honor with Daisy Bates. She was a true humanitarian whose commitment to social justice, to civil rights is unparalleled.”

The other statue that will stand alongside Cash is that of Daisy Lee Gatson Bates, who played a huge role in the desegregation of Arkansas schools. At the signing ceremony, Bates’ goddaughter said that her godmother would be pleased.

“It looks like the state of Arkansas is shining down on one of its darling daughters today,” Jan Brown said.

“To have her being recognized by millions of people all over the world, this is something that will resonate and will help improve our state,” she added. “It’s all about us joining together and making a difference, and Daisy Bates truly made a difference.”

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