Two Confederate statues are being replaced in the Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol, with civil-rights activist Daisy Gatson Bates and musician Johnny Cash.
Arkansas Governor has signed Act 581, which will replace the statues of Arkansas attorney Uriah M. Rose and former Gov. James P. Clarke.
The bill passed a vote in the State’s House by 71-12.
Clarke, who was once a US Senator, held segregationist views and Rose had sided with the Confederacy. Their statues on Capitol Hill have caused controversy in recent times. They are two of 13 statues of figures with ties to the Confederacy in the Statuary Hall, according to a report from the Washington Post.
Each state is allowed to have two statues on display and are permitted to replace them as long as they cover the costs.
Republican State Sen. David Wallace introduced the bill and said that the funding will come from private donors.
“There will be no money coming out of the state government. The secretary of state will monitor the funds and work with the different groups that will be accruing the funds. That way we will have government oversight, but no government funding,” Wallace said.
When asked about the fate of the Rose and Clarke statues, Wallace said that they will likely end up in the Old Statehouse which is now a museum in the state.
“I would like to see them in the Old Statehouse,” Wallace said. “That was their era. That’s where they served or worked.”