TAKE A WILD GUESS: Which Statue The Univ. Of Texas Just Removed

Published on August 17, 2015

There are even more on the chopping block also.

The University of Texas at Austin (UT) is moving a statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederate States of America, to a museum.

On Monday, the UT Task Force on Historical Representation of Statuary published a report that recommended that the university remove statues that honor several U.S. and Confederate leaders.

The statues in question, placed in the university’s Main Mall, depict Confederate leaders like General Robert E. Lee, Confederate Postmaster General and Texas Democratic Party leader John Reagan, and Confederate President Jefferson Davis alongside U.S. President Woodrow Wilson (D) and Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg (D). All but a nearby statue of U.S. President George Washington were commissioned by one of UT’s earliest benefactors, George Littlefield, a well-off Confederate veteran.

“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,” UT President Gregory L. Fenves said in an official press release.

Read more: Campus Reform

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