Students at Texas university look to rid campus of Jefferson Davis statue

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AUSTIN, Texas — College students in Texas are looking to remove a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis from their campus, according to a report.

Fox News reports that students at the University of Texas at Austin hope to rid the school grounds of the memorial, because to many it represents a dark past.

“We thought, there are those old ties to slavery and some would find it offensive,” university senior Jamie Nalley told Fox News.

Fox News reports Nalley is one of an “overwhelming majority of the student government” who support the removal.

Kentucky-born Davis was president of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. He was captured and imprisoned by Union forces in 1865 before being released on bail in 1867. He died in 1889 in New Orleans.

Fox News notes that Texas has seen a number of growing land sites, both public and private, that aim to honor the Confederacy, despite opposition from the NAACP and other groups.

Supporters of such memorials argue they hold an important part in southern heritage and history, while opponents argue much of what they represent is a past of racism and prejudice.

Student leaders told Fox News they want the Davis memorial gone since his ties to Texas are primarily based on the state’s history in the Confederacy.

“I think it’s offensive that you exalt Jefferson Davis but you don’t exalt Abraham Lincoln,” Texas NAACP President Gary Bledsoe told Fox News.

Marshall Davis, spokesman for the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Texas, told Fox News, “The fact that the state of Texas joined the Confederate States of America is history. It happened.”

Fox News reports student government has forwarded its proposal to school administrators, but no decision has been made.

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