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Florida



  • Black Scuba Divers Document Slave Shipwrecks Forgotten For Generations

    Columbia University professor Christopher Brown says the number of slave shipwrecks that researchers have been able to confirm are the absolute minimum, and that the true number of shipwrecked slave ships are likely much higher. The work of a Florida diving group hopes to change that. 



  • After Reparations

    How a scholarship helped — and didn't help — descendants of victims of the 1923 Rosewood racial massacre.



  • The long, racist history of Florida’s now-repealed ban on felons voting

    In 1868, Congress had just forced Florida to rewrite its constitution to allow every man the right to vote, but adding thousands of newly eligible black residents to the rolls would abruptly make whites a voting minority. Combined with postwar laws that made it easy to saddle black residents with criminal records, a lifetime voting ban on anyone with a felony conviction legislators knew they could suppress black votes indefinitely.



  • Florida to replace Confederate statue in US Capitol

    A statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith will be replaced with one of Mary McLeod Bethune, who founded a school that would eventually become historically black Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida.