Jefferson Be Gone: UT Austin Moving Confederate Statue

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AUSTIN – More than a month after the flag came down in South Carolina, the University of Texas at Austin has decided to remove a statue of Jefferson Davis. UT’s president announced on Thursday that Davis’ likeness would be moved from the university’s Main Mall to a nearby history center.

The decision reflects discussions happening all over the South.

In Kentucky, a lawmaker vows to move the marble statue of Davis from the capitol rotunda. A petition on Change.org wants to rename Virginia’s Jefferson Davis Highway and in Richmond, someone vandalized a memorial for Davis, spray painting “Black lives matter.”

The face of Confederacy still stands in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and is forever carved on Stone Mountain, but UT student leaders say it was time for a change in Austin.