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GoFundMe launched to help keep Jefferson Davis statue displayed at UT

The attorney for the Sons of Confederate Veterans has created a GoFundMe page to help pay for their legal fight to keep the Jefferson Davis statue in the Main Mall of the University of Texas, The Daily Texan reports.

A mere 24 hours after campus President Greg Fenves’ announcement that the statue of Jefferson Davis would be relocated from the campus’ Main Mall to a history center “on the outskirts of campus,” their legal challenge put the kibosh on the move — at least for the time being.

Their GoFundMe page argues that removing the statue is akin to erasing history, and even compares removing the statue with the way in which ISIS destroys historical relics.

Some students – including the student government at UT Texas – have argued the statue reminds them too much of slavery and racism, and President Fenves said he wants to move it to the history center.

The Daily Texan reports:

The GoFundMe page, which aims to raise $50,000, has raised almost $8,000 for the Southern Heritage Legal Research Fund to cover the costs of this case and other cases involving Confederate symbols nationwide, according to Kirk Lyons, UT alumnus and attorney for the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. …

“If UT is really a center of higher learning, it is obscene for this to be happening. … This is so very un-American,” Lyons said. “I’m sure it would be very nice to have him there at the Dolph Briscoe Center, but is that a place of prominence compared to where he is now? No, absolutely not.” …

The hearing for the case will be held this Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the Travis County Courthouse.

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