Confederate Soldiers Monument (Austin,TX)
The Confederate Soldiers Monument in Austin, Texas.
Backstory and Context
Many Confederate monuments were erected in the former Confederate states and Border States in the decades following the Civil War (1861-1865). In many instances, the monuments were erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. While the appearance of memorials for Confederate soldiers at cemeteries and battlefields serve a purpose of sharing information about the history of the war and preserving the memory of those who died under the Confederate banner, most of the monuments erected in prominent locations in the early 1900s were part of an effort to bolster white supremacy.
For modern political leaders, the association between these monuments and their intent is deeply troubling. “The removal of Confederate iconography from the Texas Capitol and its grounds is long overdue," stated Texas state representative Eric Johnson in the summer of 2017. "Just forty steps from my office is a plaque that praises the ‘heroic deeds’ of the Confederate Army and states that the underlying cause of the Civil War was not slavery.”
Sanford, Levinson. "The Texas Capitol’s Confederate Memorial Problem." UT News. July 8, 2015. http://news.utexas.edu/2015/07/08/the-texas-capitol-s-Confederate-memorial-problem.