University of Texas delays removal of Jefferson Davis statue

University of Texas delays removal of Jefferson Davis statue

(Dborah Cannon / Associated Press)

A university worker removes graffiti from a statue of Jefferson Davis on the south mall at the University of Texas in Austin.
The University of Texas at Austin said it would delay plans to relocate the statues of Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson, after the Sons of Confederate Veterans requested a temporary restraining order in a state district court on Friday afternoon.

The decision came a day after university officials announced they would move the statue of Confederate President Davis from the center of its campus in Austin, but allow the statues of other Confederate figures, including one of Robert E. Lee, to remain.

The Davis statue is scheduled to be installed at the University of Texas Briscoe Center for American History, where officials have said that it will become part of an educational exhibit.

A site for the Wilson statue, which will be relocated to maintain symmetry on the campus’ Main Mall, has not been determined.

On Saturday, a spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans said the decision to remove the statues within 72 hours had not given the group proper time to investigate the university’s legal authority to do so.

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By NATALIE SCHACHAR – University of Texas at Austin Woodrow Wilson History

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