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House supports slavery memorial at Capitol

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With the bill pointing to the "fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery," the Florida House on Friday unanimously approved a bill (HB 27) that would create a slavery memorial at the state Capitol complex.

With a week left in the annual legislative session, however, it remains unclear whether the memorial will get final approval.

Senate committees have not heard the Senate version of the bill (SB 1722).

Under the proposal, the Department of Management Services would develop a plan for the memorial after taking into consideration recommendations by the Florida Historical Commission.

"When people come here and they see that we have taken the lead on recognizing the contributions that were made by those who were enslaved against their will, in excess of 60,000 individuals, they feel comfortable knowing that they're in a great place," House sponsor Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, said.