University of Texas to remove statues of Robert E Lee, other Confederate figures
University of Texas president Greg Fenves has ordered the removal of statues of Robert E Lee and other prominent Confederate figures from a main area of campus
Austin: University of Texas president Greg Fenves has ordered the removal of statues of Robert E Lee and other prominent Confederate figures from a main area of campus, saying such monuments have become "symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism".
Fenves announced the move late on Sunday night.
The university moved a statue of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis from its perch near the campus clock tower to a history museum in 2015.
Fenves now says statues of Lee, Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Postmaster General John H Reagan also must be moved.
The debate over public memorials for Confederate figures roared into national conversation last week after one person was killed in a clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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