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Portraits of House Speakers who served in Confederacy to be removed on Juneteenth, Pelosi says

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the portraits "are symbols that set back our nation's work to confront and combat bigotry."
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Portraits of four former House of Representatives speakers who served the Confederacy will be removed from the U.S. Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday.

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Nancy Pelosi Nancy Pelosi 52nd speaker of the United States House of Representatives

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