UT Removes Controversial Jefferson Davis Statue

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After months of debate over its presence on UT-Austin's campus, the Jefferson Davis statue on the school's Main Mall was removed this morning. 

The statue of the president of the Confederate States of America will be relocated to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History as part of an educational exhibit. The university also removed the Woodrow Wilson statue, and will relocate somewhere that has yet to be determined.

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

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The statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis on the University of Texas at Austin campus will soon be removed from its prominent place on campus. 

Removal plans were cleared Thursday by a state district judge, who rejected a request from the Sons of Confederate Veterans to block UT-Austin’s plan to remove the bronze sculpture.

The Confederate group had argued that the statue has significant artistic and cultural value and could be damaged if removed. Lawyers for UT-Austin disputed that, but also said that the Sons Confederate Veterans didn’t have standing to sue.

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