Texas House Speaker: Remove ‘incorrect’ Confederate plaque from Capitol


House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, asked the State Preservation Board, of which he is a member, to remove a plaque in the Capitol that honors the Confederacy and distorts the history of the Civil War.

The plaque, titled “Children of the Confederacy Creed” and erected in 1959 by the Texas division of the Children of the Confederacy, honors “the heroic deeds of those who enlisted in the Confederate Army.” It states: “We, therefore, pledge ourselves to preserve pure ideals, to honor our veterans, to study and teach the truths of history (one of the most important of which is that the war between the States was not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery) and to always act in a manner that will reflect honor upon our noble and patriotic ancestors.”

“This is not accurate, and Texans are not well-served by incorrect information about our history,” Straus said in a letter Tuesday to the board. “Those of us who serve on the State Preservation Board should direct staff to identify the steps necessary to remove this plaque as soon as practicable. Texans should expect to see an accurate depiction of history when they visit their state Capitol.”

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