After Charlottesville, Austin’s Confederate monuments get a second look


After a rally by white supremacists fighting removal of a Confederate monument turned deadly in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, the response in Austin came swiftly.

Austin City Council members immediately began paperwork to rename Robert E. Lee Road, near Zilker Park, and Jeff Davis Avenue, near Allandale. At the Capitol, state Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, demanded removal of a Confederate plaque near his office. House Speaker Joe Straus suggested the State Preservation Board should review signs and monuments around the Capitol grounds for accuracy.

“There’s so much we should be celebrating, we don’t need to celebrate a past that has racist or segregationist histories,” Mayor Steve Adler said Friday on CNN. “We’re responsible now for moving past that.”

It is the second time the nation has revisited its public monuments to the Confederacy since the summer of 2015, when white supremacist Dylann Roof massacred nine black churchgoers in South Carolina. More than a dozen of those monuments remain in the Austin area.

For an interactive map of Confederate monuments in Austin and a history lesson on when they were put up, visit MyStatesman.com



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