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Austin City Report on Confederate Monuments Suggests Renaming City

Stephen F. Austin Statue, Highway 288, near Lake Jackson, Texas. PHOTO: via YouTube

By Morgan Gstalter | 28 July 2018

THE HILL — A new report from Austin, Texas’s Equity Office about existing Confederate monuments suggested changing the city’s name.

The report identified several neighborhoods and 10 streets named in honor of the Confederacy or William Barton, a slave owner dubbed the “Daniel Boone of Texas,” that could be changed, The Austin American-Statesman reported Friday.

Austin’s namesake, Stephen F. Austin — also referred to as the “father of Texas” — opposed efforts by Mexico to abolish slavery in the Tejas province, saying freed slaves would become “vagabonds, a nuisance and a menace,” the newspaper noted. […]

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