University of Texas removes four Confederate statues — BBCI

UT-Austin to take down 4 statues of leaders of the Confederacy

Statues of four Confederate leaders were taken down early Monday at the University of Texas at Austin, just minutes after the school president announced the plan.

The removal of the statues comes about a week after unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia surrounding the removal of Confederate statues in that college town.

Workers began pulling up to the statues around 11pm CT on Sunday night. A university spokesman says the area has been blocked off.

Each of the statues are expected to be gone by morning. On Saturday, Duke University removed a statue of Lee from their campus chapel which was vandalized three days prior. The statue of Hogg, who was governor of Texas from 1891-1895, "will be considered for re-installation at another campus site".

The number of confederate statues on display continues to fall. Lowe, who is African-American, engaged in a brief but tense argument with a white male protester until police stepped in to separate them.

The event sparked anti-racism counter protesters and ended in the death of one woman and the injuries of at least 19 others after a man with reported ties to white supremacists allegedly rammed his auto into the counter protesters.

According to an official statement posted to the university's website, Gregory L. Fences, the president of UT-Austin, argued since the fatal riots in Charlottesville, the statues have become "symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism", and must be removed. The Davis statue had always been a target of vandalism.

"After considering the original task force report and with the events of the past week and my discussions with the campus community in mind, I have made a decision to relocate" the remaining statues, Fenves said. Lawsuits filed to stop its removal were unsuccessful.

In the wake of the violence, several towns and institutions accelerated plans to remove Confederate monuments, with four statues of Confederate figures removed in Baltimore Tuesday.

Fenves noted that that the statues originated during a period of segregation in the United States.

(Man) "These reminders of white supremacy do not need the protection and do not need the public space that they have".

Fenves said Lee and Reagan's statues would be added to the collection of the Briscoe Center for American History for "scholarly study", while former Texas Gov. James Hogg will be reconsidered for another location on campus. Hogg will get another place on campus.

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