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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott OKs Removal of Confederate Plaque From State Capitol

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has finally agreed to remove a plaque that reportedly rejects slavery as the underlying cause of the Civil War from the state Capitol. The 60-year-old monument has been the source of debate for years, as Republican leaders have resisted removing it. Abbott’s decision marked a change during the first week of the state’s legislative session, following a unanimous vote by the State Preservation Board. The governor is chairman of that board. Even still, the plaque is just one of about a dozen Confederate plaques and monuments on the grounds of the Texas Capitol.