AUSTIN, TEXAS – The leaders of the State Preservation Council are due to decide Friday on the removal or not of a plaque commemorating Confederation, long affixed to a wall of the Capitol, despite the requests from more and more critics demanding its withdrawal. In the Capitol Rotunda, critics criticized the plaque titled "Children of the Confederation Creed" because of its historically false story about the motive of the war. The emblem on the plaque is a wish of the organization that creates it "to commit to preserving pure ideals, to honor our veterans, to study and teach the truths of history (one of the most important is that the war between the states was not a rebellion nor its underlying cause to maintain slavery) and to always act in a way to honor our noble and patriotic ancestors. Calls for plaque removal have increased in recent years. The debate over the need for such links with the lost cause of Confederation and the ensuing civil war has centered on the preservation of slavery by the South. Travis County Historical Commission Wednesday added to growing demands for its withdrawal before the State Preservation Council of Texas Like many of the dozens of memorials discovered on Capitol grounds, the plaque was erected during Jim Crow's period, affixed to an interior wall of the government building in 1959. Outside the state rotunda, immense commemorative monuments in the form of statues are a tribute to the personalities of the Confederation. Despite growing opposition to this tribute, the conservative-run legislature does not plan to remove these statues.Related stories: As the nation fights the symbols of Confederation, Texas protects them fiercelyTexas loudspeaker calls for removal of Capitol Confederation nameplateThe plaque, however, is another story given the historical inaccuracy of his missive. Although fervent Conservative Governor Greg Abbott in September 2018 voiced support for its removal, while stressing that the decision should be made collectively by the Legislative Assembly. More tacitly, Attorney General Ken Paxton in November described the protocol that could be used to Plaque of the Confederation removed. Citing a legal precedent in this area, Paxton concluded: "Thus, by virtue of its general legislative power and section 2166.5011 of the Government Code, the legislature has the power to remove or move the plaque."
After its weekly meeting on Wednesday, the Travis County Historical Commission sent a letter to the State Preservation Board, the Texas Historical Commission and the state Attorney General requesting the removal of the plaque solely on the basis of his historical inaccuracy, spokesman Hector Nieto told Patch in a statement. A brief telephone exchange. Established in 1963, the Travis County Historical Commission was originally named Travis County Historical Survey Committee until 1972. The group's mission is described on its website. Website: "Our goal is to preserve the history of Travis County and our members are appointed by the Travis County Court of Trustees for a two-year term, the primary function of which is to identify, search and recognize Travis County's historic sites and buildings, and assist individuals in researching and working closely with Texas Historical The Commission will provide official markers for these remarkable places and the sponsor's dedicated ceremonies of handing over of these markers Since 1997, the Commission has sponsored a historical essay writing competition for college students. on the cemeteries in the Austin area, which resulted in an inventory and detailed analysis of known and previously unknown cemeteries. "
The state's representative, Eric Johnson, a Dallas Democrat, is spearheading the latest blame removal charge. His office has done extensive research on the history of the plaque and the context that has led to calls for its removal, thus providing Patch with a schedule:

  • May 30, 1959 – Texas House pass a resolution allowing the establishment of the plate in the Texas Capitol.
  • August 7, 1959 – Date indicated on the plate.
  • August 12, 2017 – Heather Heyer was killed while she was protesting against white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • August 16, 2017 – Representative Eric Johnson presents a letter to Rod Welsh, Executive Director of the State Preservation Board, calling for immediate removal of the plaque. Copies were sent to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and Texas House Administration Chairman Charlie Geren.
  • August 18, 2017 – The Texas State Preservation Board sends a letter in response to Rep's original letter. Johnson.
  • September 19, 2017 – Texas House President Joe Straus requests the removal of the "inaccurate" plaque.
  • October 23, 2017 – Representative Eric Johnson submits a building modification application form to the Texas State Preservation Board.
  • October 27, 2017 – Representative Eric Johnson meets with Governor Greg Abbott about the plaque removal.
  • April 27, 2018 – Texas Representative Joe Moody submits an Attorney General's Request for Opinion regarding the identity of the person entitled to remove the plaque.
  • Sept. 28, 2018 – Governor Greg Abbott publicly declares in a debate of governors that he supports the removal of plaque because of his "factual inaccuracy".
  • November 21, 2018 – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issues an official legal opinion specifying who is entitled to remove the plaque.
  • December 3, 2018 – Texas House's presumed representative, Dennis Bonnen, expresses support for the plaque removal and Governor Greg Abbott sends a letter to the State Preservation Board Members of the board of directors Announcement Meeting of January 11, 2019.
  • January 11, 2019 – The Texas State Preservation Board will meet in Austin.

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