AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – University of Texas President Greg Fenves has ordered the removal of statues of Robert E. Lee and other prominent Confederate figures from a main area of campus, saying such monuments have become “symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism.”READ MORE: Kenny Pickett 'Undecided' On Whether He'll Play In Peach Bowl
Fenves announced the move late Sunday night.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 767 New Cases, 25 Additional Deaths
The university moved a statue of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis from its perch near the campus clock tower to a history museum in 2015. Fenves now says statues of Lee, Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Postmaster General John H. Reagan also must be moved.
The debate over public memorials for Confederate figures roared into national conversation last week after one person was killed in a clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.MORE NEWS: Mark Whipple Heads To Nebraska After Resigning As Pitt's Offensive Coordinator
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