What Happened When One University Moved a Confederate Statue to a MuseumBreaking News
tags: Jefferson Davis, Confederate Monuments, University of Texas at Austin
Following a 2015 shooting spree in which a white gunman killed nine African-American worshipers in a church in Charleston, S.C., the university removed the bronze statue of Davis, the Confederacy’s president. But as the eight-and-a-half-foot-tall statue was taken down, the university had a tough decision to make: Where should the controversial figure go?
The same question now faces the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where protesters last month tore down an equally large statue of a Confederate soldier.
At Austin, a task force of students, faculty, staff, and alumni determined the statue’s fate, based in part on a survey of more than 3,100 community members, according to a 2015 report. Ultimately the statue was kept on the campus as a permanent exhibit at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
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