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story.lead_photo.caption Little Rock Nine mentor Daisy Gatson Bates and musician Johnny Cash are shown in these file photos.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Senate has approved a plan to replace the state's two statues at the U.S. Capitol with ones depicting singer Johnny Cash and civil rights leader Daisy Bates.

The Senate voted 33-0 Monday in favor of the proposal to replace the two statues depicting Uriah Rose and James P. Clarke.

[RELATED: Complete Democrat-Gazette coverage of the Arkansas Legislature]

Rose was a 19th century attorney and Clarke was a governor and U.S. senator in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Each state is allotted two statues at the U.S. Capitol. Supporters have said the current statues depict figures few people in Arkansas recognize.

The measure now heads to the state House.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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    February 18, 2019 at 3:05 p.m.

    Great news!

  • PopMom
    February 18, 2019 at 3:46 p.m.

    I would have preferred Win Rockefeller to Johnny Cash.

  • mrcharles
    February 18, 2019 at 4:33 p.m.

    Met Win when I was a young man, OMG, a while back and always respected him, and could support his choice,but I like Levon Helm.

  • OldGuard
    February 18, 2019 at 4:37 p.m.

    I was hoping for Chester Lauck or Norris Goff.

  • NWABlkMale
    February 18, 2019 at 4:53 p.m.

    Nice work, Arkansas Senators. I agree with your picks. I can understand the suggestions of Win Rockefeller or Levon Helm.

  • rosj2002
    February 18, 2019 at 5:19 p.m.

    I must have missed something. Why do any statues on capitol grounds need replacing?
    Why do we need to spend taxpayer funds on something like this?

  • BobfromMarion
    February 18, 2019 at 6 p.m.

    I agree that Win Rockefeller would have been a better choice than Johnny Cash. In 30 years Johnny Cash may not even be known by many people. Johnny Cash did have a great career as a singer; a singer in Nashville, TN, not Nashville, AR. Win Rockefeller was the first Republican governor of AR since Reconstruction.

    Another good choice would have been Sam Walton who founded the largest corporation in the world. The name Sam Walton will most likely be a long term figure in not only AR history, but US history.

    Senator Hattie Caraway was the first woman to be elected to the United States from any state. Ms. Caraway does not get the recognition that she deserves. Ms. Caraway finished out her husband's term in the House after the death of her husband.

    Ms. Caraway then ran for the US Senate and won that on her own becoming the first female US Senator in US history. That would also be worthy of having a statue.

    Ms. Daisy Bates is the top choice for this honor. Ms. Bates stature will most likely increase, not decrease, over time. Ms. Bates was on the right side of history. Little Rock became the testing ground for the nation over the issue of legal segregation in public schools. It was Ms. Bates who championed the nine high school students and gave them the encouragement to continue on.

    Had Ms. Bates not succeeded in her quest to integrate Central High School, this could have had a totally different outcome in the movement to end legal segregation in the public schools, not just in the South, but the entire nation.

    It is Ms. Bates' statue that once placed in the Capitol building may very well remain a permanent fixture. It was Ms. Bates who was the leader and mentor of the Nine who integrated Central Hi, the person who became the "symbol" for the successful integration of Central High School; an endeavor of major implications for the future efforts to integrate all public schools in the nation.

    My hat is off to all that helped get Ms. Bates the recognition she deserves. As time marches on, there will become a smaller and smaller group of people of that era who will have national recognition for their efforts to end legal segregation all across the US.

    Ms. Bates has as good of credentials has Ms. Parks in becoming an American patriot recognized over time. Rosa Parks is the symbol for the integration of city buses. Ms. Bates stands out over others of that time as the "symbol" to integrate not just Central High School, but all segregated public schools in the nation.

    Central High School was the test case that the entire nation was observing. Ms. Bates' recognition deserves national honor. A statue of her should be in any civil rights museum anywhere in the nation for that period of time.

    The two statues that are being replaced can be brought back to the AR Capitol and placed on exhibit there with a plaque explaining their tenure and dates in the US Capitol.

  • seitan
    February 18, 2019 at 6:34 p.m.

    John Gould Fletcher, the only Arkansas poet to win a Pulitzer Prize, would also be a good choice.

  • Delta2
    February 18, 2019 at 7:19 p.m.

    At least they didn't do pick Frank Broyles, although I'm surprised that some of them didn't.

  • wolfman
    February 18, 2019 at 7:53 p.m.

    nobody will be happy with whomever is made a statue of and displayed as they will be offended no matter what. what a waste of money also.