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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas officials have voted to remove a 60-year-old Confederate plaque in the state Capitol that rejects slavery as an underlying cause of the Civil War.

The decision Friday by the State Preservation Board follows years of resistance from Republicans to remove any of the roughly dozen Confederate markers in and around the Texas Capitol.

Pressure mounted on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott after a black lawmaker from Dallas began publicly condemning the plaque as historically indefensible. The Children of the Confederacy donated the plaque, which went up in 1959.

Democratic state Rep. Eric Johnson pushed for its removal after the 2017 deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which led to the removal of a string of Confederate markers nationwide.

The preservation board, which Abbott chairs, unanimously voted to remove it.


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  • RBear
    January 11, 2019 at 11:48 a.m.

    It was time for this to go and the removal had the support of many Texas leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott. Every time I saw this plaque, I viewed it as a racist affront to the real issues of the Civil War. Thankfully Texas leaders made the right decision to remove it.

  • mrcharles
    January 11, 2019 at 1:31 p.m.

    Everyone knows war was over the south's claim to be gods chosen people, as their preachers told them they were chosen to have slaves.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    January 11, 2019 at 1:40 p.m.

    Jews. You are talking about JEWS Mr.Charles. Not White Southerners who didnt even own slaves.

  • jwheelii
    January 11, 2019 at 1:59 p.m.

    One out of four! Thank you RBEAR for a post that (1) I can agree with, and (2) is not racist in tone.

  • KingSolomon
    January 11, 2019 at 3:22 p.m.

    God marked one race black to show who was of the devil.

  • jwheelii
    January 11, 2019 at 4:40 p.m.

    Oh, brother!

    January 11, 2019 at 9:46 p.m.

    Damx Religious Crap just jumps out at you from every angle. The bottom of a black man's feet are white.