Statues of Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson were removed from the campus of the University of Texas at Austin Saturday after a local Confederate heritage group failed to block the move at the state Supreme Court.
Announcing the plan earlier this month, University President Greg Fenves stated that the statue of Davis, a leader in the Confederacy, would be removed from UT’s Main Mall because “it was no longer in the university’s best interest to continue commemorating” him, reports the Statesman.
Wilson, a Democrat president known for praising the KKK, was moved as well merely to “maintain symmetry on the mall.”
The Davis statue, which has stood at the University since 1993, will reportedly be placed in the UT Briscoe Center for American History at a later date.
Following the tragic shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina last June, a nationwide campaign has begun to remove statues and other historical items deemed “racist.”
Just last month, a resolution to dig up Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s remains from a public park was passed by the Memphis, Tenn., City Council.