AUSTIN (KXAN) — Crowds gathered early Sunday morning to watch as crews moved the statues of Jefferson Davis and Woodrow Wilson from their spot on the main mall at the University of Texas campus.
Earlier this month, University President Greg Fenves made the decision to remove the Jefferson Davis statue after taking in considerations and suggestions from a task group. The statue was scheduled for removal on Saturday, Aug. 15 but the agency against the removal filed the temporary restraining order paperwork the Friday before the removal.
The university decided to wait to move the statues until a judge can take a look at the case. On Thursday, dozens of people crowded into the 250th Civil District Court for the hearing regarding the temporary restraining order filed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
The judge determined that the university could move the statue.
The university says the statue of Jefferson Davis will be removed, refurbished, and placed on display at the Briscoe Center for American History for educational purposes. The Briscoe Center will undergo a renovation and plans to exhibit the statue within the next 18 months.
President Fenves also announced the University would move the statue of Woodrow Wilson, for artistic symmetry purposes on the “six pack”.