Sen. Rick Scott Celebrates Unveiling of Statue Honoring Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in U.S. Capitol

July 13, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, prior to the unveiling of the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, Senator Rick Scott released the following statement:


Senator Rick Scott said, “As Florida’s Governor, I was proud to sign a bill in 2018 to commission a statue of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune to represent our state in the U.S. Capitol and honor her leadership in education, which led to the founding of Bethune-Cookman University. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune was a wonderful person and a great Floridian who represents the values of our state, and today her statue joins the company of so many of our nation’s great and historic figures. I’m grateful for the work of sculptor Nilda Comas, Bethune-Cookman University, the Bethune Statuary Fund and Chair Nancy Lohman for all of their hard work leading to this historic day. Today is a day we all have been working toward for years. I am so proud to welcome the statue into our nation’s Capitol, and I hope that American families will learn from her legacy for decades to come.”