University of Texas Removes Jefferson Davis Statue

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Austin to Remove Confederate Statue Sunday.

Patrick Sheehy, co-founder of Vault Fine Arts, said the statue removal “should be relatively quick and low-priced”, which means approximately two hours’ time and a cost of $19,000.

In a historic development Sunday morning, crews lifted a statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate states, off of the limestone pedestal at the University of Texas on which it has stood since 1933. “This is an iconic moment. It really shows the power of student leadership,” said Gregory Vincent, UT’s vice president for diversity and community engagement, referring to a Student Government resolution that called for removing the statue.

Earlier this summer, UT-Austin President Greg Fenves convened a task force to make recommendations about the statues of confederate veterans at UT-Austin. The Davis statue, as well as one of Woodrow Wilson, the nation’s 28th president, that is scheduled to be lifted later in the morning, are to be refurbished before they are placed in new settings. In August, after reading the task force’s recommendations, Fenves decided to move the Jefferson Davis statue to the Briscoe Center for American History. But state District Judge Karin Crump of Travis County ruled at the conclusion of a hearing Thursday that the plaintiffs were not entitled to an injunction that would have barred the university from carrying out the plan.

The state’s 3rd Court of Appeals denied the Confederate group’s request for an emergency injunction Friday, after which the group submitted injunction paperwork to the state Supreme Court. Kirk Lyons, a lawyer for the group, told the American-Statesman that the court’s electronic filing system did not accept his motion that had to be paired with the injunction paperwork. Because of the Confederacy’s effort to preserve slavery, it had been vandalized numerous times over the years, most recently with paint sprayed to read “black lives matter.” Fenves said the Wilson statue would be removed to maintain symmetry because the statues stood opposite each other.

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