State board votes to remove pro-Confederacy plaque from Capitol

January 11, 2019

The controversial Children of the Confederacy plaque hanging in the Texas Capitol Building is finally coming down.

The State Preservation Board, made up of four Republican elected officials and one citizen representative, voted Friday morning to remove the “Children of the Confederacy Creed” plaque. The marker has long drawn the ire of some Texas lawmakers because of its historically inaccurate claim that the Civil War was “not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery.”

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Rep. Jeff Leach and citizen representative Alethea Swann Bugg make up the five-member committee, and all voted in favor of the plaque’s removal.

The decision comes two months after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an official opinion that the plaque could be removed by the Legislature, the State Preservation Board or the Texas Historical Commission.

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