Law­maker: Con­fed­er­ate plaque gone from Capi­tol

Texarkana Gazette - - METRO / STATE -

AUSTIN—A Con­fed­er­ate plaque in the Texas Capi­tol that re­jects slav­ery as the un­der­ly­ing cause of the Civil War has been re­moved.

State Rep. Eric John­son on Sun­day tweeted a photo of the blank wall where the plaque was once dis­played.

John­son, a Dal­las Demo­crat, has long pushed the state to re­move the plaque, which was made by the Chil­dren of the Con­fed­er­acy and was first hung in the Capi­tol in 1959.

Texas Gov. Greg Ab­bott and other state lead­ers agreed to re­move the plaque Fri­day af­ter years of re­sis­tance by top Repub­li­cans.

Ab­bott in Oc­to­ber said that the Capi­tol should not have “sub­stan­tially in­ac­cu­rate historical state­ments” on per­ma­nent dis­play. He and other mem­bers of a preser­va­tion board voted Fri­day to re­move the plaque.

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