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Jefferson Davis Statue Defaced as UT Students Rally to Have it Removed

By    |   Monday, 11 May 2015 07:21 AM

A statue of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, may soon be removed from the University of Texas campus, and the debate over its removal has led to vandalism.

"Davis must fall" and "Emancipate UT" were scrawled on the statue's base in April, just a month after a majority of student government representatives voted to remove it from university grounds in Austin, The Associated Press reported via The Huffington Post.

After being passed, the student resolution was sent to university administrators, but nothing has been done about the statue, said a university spokesperson.

"We thought, there are those old ties to slavery and some would find it offensive," said senior Jamie Nalley.

"I think it's offensive that you exalt Jefferson Davis but you don't exalt Abraham Lincoln," said Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas NAACP.

More than 1,000 Confederate memorial sites, including a 10-foot obelisk just miles from the statue honoring 450 buried Confederate soldiers, are recognized within the state's borders, according to The Texas Historical Commission.

Advocates of those memorials, like the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Texas, defended the memorials as pieces of southern heritage.

"I don't think we're trying to put up stuff just to put up stuff," said Marshall Davis, spokesman for the group. "We don't want to impede anyone else from honoring their heroes. We would like to honor our heroes with the same consideration, tolerance, and diversity."

Don Carleton, executive director of the Briscoe Center for American History at the university, said that many Confederate memorials were commissioned by Civil War veterans themselves. Many aging vets said that states' rights was their motivation for honoring those who fought in the war, not slavery.

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