AUSTIN (KXAN) — A controversial historical marker on the campus of Texas State University has been vandalized.
Controversy over the marker lies within the name etched on top, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who some believe is only a reminder of our country’s racist past.
While some students do not agree with what the marker represents, they say a can of spray paint isn’t the answer.
“It’s not productive,” said Dorothea Mitchell, a Texas State student. “It’s counter-productive to what you really want to happen.”
While the Faculty Senate agreed to remove the marker months ago, they say doing so is easier said than done. The marker actually sits on a TxDOT right of way and the campus is still waiting on approval to remove it.
A TxDOT official confirms that a formal request has come in to have the marker removed, but that they’re still researching the matter.
“It’s a cowards way of making a statement,” said Linda Coker, a volunteer with the Hays County Historical Commission. “You haven’t changed the history, you haven’t changed what he did, you haven’t changed what happened before or afterwards,”
The Hays County Historical Commission already committed to relocating the monument for the university and says they’re still committed to that promise.
“It’s history. Good, bad, indifferent, it’s our history it’s what made us,” said Coker. “You learn from it, you don’t repeat it. But you don’t get rid of it.”
Once the graffiti is removed, the historical commission says they’re looking to put it in a public cemetery.
University police is investigating the vandalism.