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Bill introduced to erect Booker T. Washington statue at State Capitol

Sen. David Suetterlein is the sole sponsor of bill

Push for Booker T. Washington statue
Push for Booker T. Washington statue

RICHMOND, Va. – A state senator from Roanoke County hopes to immortalize famed author and orator Booker T. Washington with a permanent place at the State Capitol.

Sen. David Suetterlein introduced Senate Resolution 95, which would start the process of planning a statue for Washington on Capitol Square. Washington was born a slave in Franklin County before becoming a leader in civil rights and founding the Tuskegee Institute.

Suetterlein explained the meaning behind his bill during a Senate Rules Committee meeting Friday. He told his colleagues the time is now to honor the Virginia-born icon.

“I really believe that Booker T. Washington needs to be honored in Capitol Square,” Suetterlein told his fellow senators. “He’s a great American and a great Virginian, but Virginia doesn’t get enough credit as we should for this great Virginian that did so much for the country.”

Suetterlein also sponsored a similar bill during last year’s legislative session, but it did not gain any traction in the General Assembly.