Confederate statues on UT campus defaced

Jefferson Davis statue tagged with "Black Lives Matter" on University of Texas Austin campus. Courtesy of Frank Martinez/KXAN News

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two statues—with ties to the Confederacy—on the University of Texas Austin campus were tagged sometime between Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

The Jefferson Davis and Albert Sidney Johnston statues were both tagged with “Black Lives Matter” in red paint. The Jefferson Davis statue also had “Bump all the Chumps” tagged on one side.

Graffiti removal crews were already working on removing the paint by 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Jefferson Davis was the President of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Albert S. Johnston served as a general in the Confederate States Army.

UT Austin President Greg Fenves met with Student Government leaders Monday to talk about taking down the Davis statue. In a tweet, Fenves said, “I take this issue very seriously and am working with students and campus leadership on it.”

Over the years, the statues near the UT Tower have been defaced numerous times. Besides Davis and Johnston, there are two other Confederate-related statues on the south lawn: Robert E. Lee and John H. Reagan.

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