CONTROVERSIAL PLAQUE REMOVED FROM TEXAS CAPITOL

  

A Texas lawmaker says a Confederate plaque in the State Capitol that rejects slavery as the underlying cause of the Civil War has been removed.

A blank wall where a controversial confederate plaque was displayed. (Rep. Eric Johnson, Twitter)

State Rep. Eric Johnson of Dallas, tweeted a photo Sunday of the blank wall where the plaque was once displayed.

Johnson has long pushed the state to remove the plaque, which was made by the Children of the Confederacy and was first hung in the Capitol in 1959.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders agreed to remove the plaque Friday, after years of resistance by top Republicans.

Abbott said back in October that the Capitol should not have "substantially inaccurate historical statements" on permanent display.

He and other members of a preservation board voted to remove the plaque.

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