Events that took place overnight at the University of Texas in Austin may have repercussions for Houston: Workers under cover of darkness removed 2 statues of Confederate generals and one of a Confederate government official from prominent display on campus. University president Gregory Fenves announced that the bronze statues would be relocated to the university’s Briscoe Center for American History — after events in Charlottesville last weekend made it “clear, now more than ever, that Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism.”
The statues depicted Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate postmaster John H. Reagan. A fourth statue, of former Texas governor “Big Jim” Hogg — also known as dad to the developers of River Oaks and to Houston matriarch Ima Hogg — was also taken down, according to a university spokesperson only because it was part of the set (2 years ago, a likeness of former U.S. president Woodrow Wilson that was symmetrical with another statue moved to the Briscoe Center, that of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis, was taken from the main mall and put in storage.) According to reports, the sole remaining statue on either the UT main or south mall depicts George Washington.
Earlier in Houston, protestors converged Saturday on the Spirit of the Confederacy statue (above) at Sam Houston Park downtown; the park had been closed down earlier in the day for a wedding.
- UT removes Confederate statues from South Mall [Austin-American Statesman]
- UT-Austin removes Confederate statues in the middle of the night [Texas Tribune]
- Hundreds of protesters face off in Houston over Confederate statue [Houston Chronicle]
- Jefferson Davis statue returns to University of Texas [Dallas News]
- Previously on Swamplot: Downtown’s Naked Confederate Birdman Unflapped By Renamings