Con­fed­er­ate marker re­moved

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A Con­fed­er­ate plaque in the Texas Capi­tol has been re­moved, ac­cord­ing to a North Texas law­maker’s tweet.

AUSTIN — A law­maker says 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.

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

Ab­bott said in Oc­to­ber 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.

Ash­ley Lan­dis/staff Pho­tog­ra­pher

The Con­fed­er­ate plaque, in­stalled by the Chil­dren of the Con­fed­er­acy in 1959, hung in a hall­way on the main floor of the Texas Capi­tol be­hind a row of gov­er­nors’ por­traits. The plaque con­tained the Chil­dren of the Con­fed­er­acy’s creed, which wrongly stated “that the war be­tween the states was not a re­bel­lion nor was its un­der­ly­ing cause to sus­tain slav­ery.” The his­tor­i­cally in­ac­cu­rate plaque has fi­nally been taken down.

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