Court upholds order to relocate UT Confederate statue

A statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis is moved from its location in front of the school's main tower the University of Texas campus, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Austin, Texas. The Davis statue, which has been targeted by vandals and had come under increasing criticism, will be moved and placed in the school's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History as part of an educational display. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A district court has upheld the legal ruling that cleared the way to remove a Confederate leader’s statue from the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Last summer, University President Greg Fenves ordered the removal of the statue of Jefferson Davis from the South Mall to a museum on campus. Crowds gathered on the morning of Aug. 30 to watch as crews moved the statue.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans filed suit to keep the statues in place, but their claim was rejected.

They appealed to the 6th District Court of Appeals, which upheld the order to remove the Davis statue, Friday.

The university said the statue of Jefferson Davis would be removed, refurbished, and placed on display at the Briscoe Center for American History for educational purposes.

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