AUSTIN (KXAN) – People of all ages made it out to another open forum held Wednesday afternoon at The University of Texas on the issue of removing statues of a Confederate leaders on campus.
In June, three statues were vandalized at UT, including a statue of Jefferson Davis. It happened shortly after a deadly church shooting in South Carolina that appeared to be racially motivated.
“This statue should stay,” said attendee John Marks of the Davis statue. “I say to those who thumb their nose at Confederate heritage that the statue should remain as to nothing else to serve as a reminder of this nation’s tumultous history as opposed to trying to erase it.
“If you are being truthful about wanting to honor your ancestors and not slavery, then replace the statues with individuals who fought for the confederacy with statues for abolitionists like Anthony Bearly, along side you could add a statue of Harriet Tubman,” said Vincent Harding, another attendee. “This would honor all of our ancestors.”
Last month, UT President Greg Fenves established a 12-member task force to decide the fate of the statues. The group is also comprised of students, faculty members and alumni. You can submit your input here or by phone at 512-471-3183.