Statues of country superstar Johnny Cash and civil rights hero Daisy Lee Gatson will soon replace confederate figures Uriah Milton Rose and James Paul Clarke.
The removal of the confederate figures was ordered under law by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. The governor called for the changes citing the new figures were based on “our more recent history”.
Both Clarke and Rose were racist figures, Clarke was for segregation and Rose was a confederate.
The removal of the Arkansas statues is a start to the charges need at The Capitol. Each state has two statues at The Capitol. After the Arkansas changes, 11 confederates will still remain.
In a statement Johnny Cash’s daughter Rosanne said, “We’re especially honored that a statue of my dad has been chosen to represent Arkansas in our nation’s Capitol.”