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Confederate plaque removed from Texas state Capitol


A Confederate plaque has been taken down from the Texas state Capitol after a bipartisan effort from lawmakers to have it removed.

State officials on the Preservation Board voted unanimously on Friday to remove the “Children of the Confederacy Creed” that claimed that slavery was not the root cause of the Civil War. 

{mosads}State Rep. Eric Johnson (D) tweeted Sunday a photo of the blank wall, showing that the plaque has been removed, but noted that its new whereabouts are unknown.

Johnson, a Dallas Democrat, led the formal effort to take down the plaque, which had been on display in the state Capitol since 1959.

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) leads the six-member board that voted to approve the plaque’s removal.

The plaque states that the Civil War was “not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery.”

Its removal marks the latest development in efforts nationwide to remove statues and other monuments honoring the Confederacy. At least 113 Confederate monuments have been removed since 2015, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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