House moves measure to create slavery memorial


Cutler Bay Democrat Kionne McGhee‘s bill to create a slavery memorial on Florida’s Capitol grounds advanced in another House committee Wednesday.

The Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee approved McGhee’s proposal (HB 67).

The bill officially calls for the Department of Management Services, based on upon recommendation of the Florida Historical Commission, to create and establish a slavery memorial on Capitol grounds.

Responding to a question from Jacksonville Republican Jay Fant, McGhee said there was no estimated cost for the statue. Upon further examination by Fant, the sponsor said a combination of public and private funding would finance the memorial.

There are a handful of such memorials in the South.

The Associated Press’ Brendan Farrington reports that Texas and South Carolina have monuments to African-American history in their states, including acknowledgment of slavery as well as other contributions of black residents.

A statue outside Georgia’s Capitol honors black lawmakers who were elected after the Civil War, but expelled by white lawmakers.

It also commemorates slavery and other episodes of African American history, and the Tennessee Capitol grounds have a small engraved plaque on a marble pedestal dedicating an oak tree to the memory of Africans who died on slave ships on the journey to North America.

“Looking forward to seeing it on the floor,” concluded Spring Hill Republican and Committee Chair Blaise Ingoglia, a co-sponsor of the legislation.

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected]


  • seber newsome III

    October 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Fine, no problem with putting up a memorial to the slaves, but, dont take down ours to our ancestors!!!!! We need a law in Florida to protect the Confederate Veterans monuments. Put up as many as you want to the slaves. Just leave ours alone. And ours were paid for by private money, no public money.

  • Mary Stevens

    October 25, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I thought that the reason given for the removal of Confederate memorials was that it was “offensive” to African Americans? So, why the slavery memorial? This is proof that the real reason for removing Confederate Monuments is REVENGE for their ancestors being slaves. Never mind, that many were probably already slaves in Africa.

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