UT Austin Uproots Statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Southern Heritage Group Loses Appeal Of UT Davis Statue Move.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A statue of Jefferson Davis has been removed from its place on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin after a failed appeal by a Confederate heritage group. Gregory Vincent, vice president of diversity and community affairs, said the center will provide a place for the University community, as well as visitors, to see the statue. Only the sculptures of Davis and in the beginning of Twentieth Century President Woodrow Wilson, which generally vendors along the shopping site from Davis, will probably be transferred.

It took about two and a half hours to remove the statue from the campus main mall, as about 100 students gathered to watch and cheer, according to the Dallas Morning News. Patrick Sheehy, co-founder of Vault Fine Arts, said the statue removal “should be relatively quick and affordable”, which means approximately two hours’ time and a cost of $19,000. Confederate symbols nationwide are being re-considered following the recent mass shooting of members of a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. On August 13, UT president, Greg Fenves, agreed to move the statues to the school’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History where they wouldd become part of a new historical exhibit. “As a public university, it is vital that we preserve and understand our history and help our students and the public learn from it in meaningful ways,” said Fenves in a statement on Aug. 13.

Relocation of the statues was halted, however, after a temporary restraining order was filed in state district court by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. No you got nagged with that figure, but learning institution directors put it will surely be shifted for symmetric explanations since it now shoppers the Davis figurine. The Briscoe Center has the expertise to do that.” “When we were making fun of it back in March, we didn’t think it would result in anything but resparking a debate,” Xavier Rotnofsky, UT-Austin’s student body president, told the paper. The statues, like many memorials to Confederates, date from what is called the “Lost Cause” era of the early Twentieth Century, well after the scars of war had healed and Southern veterans began popularizing a view of the antebellum South which downplayed slavery and focused on he supposed bravery and honor of the Southern people. However, they’ve been a point of contention as of recently due to many students advocating removing the pieces, especially following the shooting in Charleston. “I disagree with the idea that Jefferson Davis, the Confederate flag or any other historical items are symbols of slavery and hate.

University spokeswoman Rhonda Wheldon said a new location for the Woodrow Wilson statue has not yet been determined. “Greg Fenves will rue the day”.

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