AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas officials have voted to remove a controversial Confederate marker in the State Capitol.
• Plaque located in hallway on the north side of the Capitol building
• Placed there in 1959
• Originally served as a tribute to those enlisted in the Confederate army
The 60-year-old plaque rejects slavery as an underlying cause of the Civil War.
Since a black lawmaker from Dallas publicly condemned the plaque, there has been a growing push to take it down. In a unanimous vote by the State Preservation Board Friday, top Texas officials secured the removal of the controversial "Children of the Confederacy Creed" plaque.
It's a move that Dallas Democratic state Rep. Eric Johnson has been pushing for nearly two years after pausing to read it one day.
"I stopped and just read it again and I said to myself, ‘How is it that this plaque is still here? It's so blatantly untrue,’" said Johnson.
The plaque reads, in part: "The war between the states was not a rebellion, nor was its underlying cause to sustain slavery."
"It was in large part, if not entirely about preserving the institution of slavery," said Johnson.
Friday's decision follows years of resistance from Republicans to remove any of the Confederate markers in and around the State Capitol. Some people believe the plaque should remain, stating that removing it is like erasing a part of the past.
"The plaque was put here under the perspective, under those people, that legislature, that authorized it. So there's no wrong or right to it, it's just simply their perspective," said Sandra Crenshaw.
Crenshaw stressed a concern from others who have questioned the recent removal of Confederate markers in other cities and states. A fatal white nationalist rally in Virginia in 2017 led to the removal of a string of Confederate markers nationwide.
"What's next? We're going to take this down and take that down," said Crenshaw.
But for Johnson and others calling for its removal, the move is about getting it right.
"It's part of a bigger question of why don't we teach in Texas and the south generally in some cases, more of what the Civil War was really about?" said Johnson.
The preservation board said the plaque could be removed as soon as this weekend, but it's not clear where it will go.