University of Texas removes statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis …

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Jefferson Davis statue removed from University of Texas campus.

AUSTIN, Texas — A statue of the president of the secessionist pro-slavery southern states was removed from its pedestal Sunday on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, days after a court rejected an appeal from a Confederate heritage group. “This is an iconic moment,” said Gregory Vincent, the university’s vice president for diversity and community engagement, according to the Austin American-Statesman. “It really shows the power of student leadership.” Statues of other Confederate figures — Confederate Gens. Davis’ statue will eventually be displayed in the Briscoe Center history museum on campus, which university officials said is a more appropriate place for it. UT-Austin President Greg Fenves decided to move the statue in August, but the move was temporarily held up due to a request for a restraining order by the Sons of the Confederacy. Following the shooting dead in June of nine members of a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, Confederate symbols nationwide are being re-considered.

But the Sons have vowed to keep fighting. “What has happened was a cultural atrocity—this is a discretion [sic.] of art,” the Sons’ lawyer, Kirk Lyons, told the Morning News, going on to compare the statue’s removal to Pearl Harbor. The suspect in the killings, Dylan Roof, was photographed posing with Confederate flags, prompting a national conversation about the Confederate symbol and its meaning. State district judge Karin Crump, however, ruled last week that Texas officials have the authority under state law to decide where the statue should stand.

Greg Fenves will rue the day.” He also called the move an “ISIS-style cleansing of history.” The university’s statue of former president Woodrow Wilson was also moved on Sunday.

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