AUSTIN, TX - More than a month after the flag came down in South Carolina, the University of Texas at Austin has decided to remove a statue of Jefferson Davis. UT's president announced on Thursday that Davis' likeness would be moved from the university's Main Mall to a nearby history center.
"In all instances, the University of Texas believes that this is the property of the University of Texas and we want to make sure we keep it as property of the University of Texas," said Dr. Gregory Vincent, who was part of a task force that directed the movie.
The decision reflects discussions happening all over the South. In Kentucky, a lawmaker vows to move the marble statue of Davis from the capitol rotunda. A petition on Change.org wants to rename Virginia's Jefferson Davis Highway and in Richmond, someone vandalized a memorial for Davis, spray painting "Black lives matter."
The face of Confederacy still stands in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and is forever carved on Stone Mountain, but UT student leaders say it was time for a change in Austin.
"I think in 100 years, this task force will be looked as something that was able to really push the university in a progressive direction," said Rohit Mandalapu, vice president of UT's student body.