by Evan Wilt
Posted 8/21/17, 11:01 am
The University of Texas at Austin removed three Confederate monuments early Monday in an attempt to avoid controversy before students return to campus for the fall semester. University President Greg Fenves announced the decision Sunday evening and maintenance crews began work overnight. Fenves said after the violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12 he could no longer justify retaining the statues of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Postmaster General John Reagan located on campus.