There are more than 180 monuments to the Confederacy in the state of Texas. A dozen of those are on the grounds of the State Capitol in Austin.
Now, as The Texas Tribune reports, some state lawmakers are doing their best to have those public symbols removed. Efforts to eradicate the Capitol grounds of confederate memorials sharply increased after a woman was killed during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last month.
Republican House Speaker Joe Straus recently asked that a small historically inaccurate plaque honoring the Confederacy be taken down. But the process of removing these monuments may be more complicated than it would seem. It can sometimes require years of waiting, and even new state laws, to incite the State Preservation Board into action.
Even if Governor Abbott agrees that the monuments should be taken down, there’s no set timeline for when that would happen.