U of Texas Removes Confederate Inscription

August 26, 2016

Last year, the University of Texas at Austin announced plans to remove a statue of Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president, from a prominent place on campus, but that an inscription in a wall praising the Confederate cause would not be moved. This spring the university quietly moved the panel with the inscription, The Austin American-Statesman reported. The inscription praises “the men and women of the Confederacy who fought with valor and suffered with fortitude that states' rights be maintained” and who were “not dismayed by defeat nor discouraged by misrule.”

Gregory L. Fenves, the UT Austin president, said that as he thought about the issue after last year's announcement, he came to believe the panel needed to be moved because “it is inappropriate for our goal of diversity and inclusion on campus.”

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