Confederate Symbol Update: U of Texas, William & Mary

August 17, 2015

The University of Texas at Austin on Friday announced that it was canceling Saturday's scheduled move of a statue of Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president, from a central campus location to a history museum. The university still plans to make the move, but with the Sons of Confederate Veterans seeking a restraining order to block the move, the university voluntarily put off the move until a court can rule. UT officials said that they believed they are within their legal rights in making the move.

Also on Friday, the College of William & Mary announced that it will replace a plaque in the historic Wren Building, which lists alumni who fought for the Confederacy, with one that notes the role of alumni on both sides of the Civil War. The college also announced that it would remove the Confederate seal on the university mace.

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