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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

University of Texas moving statue of Jefferson Davis

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The president of the University of Texas has ordered that a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis be removed from the center of campus, but that statues of other Confederate figures will stay.

The Davis statue has been targeted by vandals and had come under increasing criticism. State governments and businesses around the country have removed Confederate symbols following the mass shooting in June of black church members in Charleston, South Carolina.

President Greg Fenves announced Thursday that Davis will be moved to the school’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

That was one option presented by a school task force this week. Statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston, and Confederate Postmaster General John H. Reagan, will stay near the university’s central clock tower.

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