More state lawmakers are pressuring Governor Greg Abbott to remove confederate symbols from the Texas capitol.
The governor has not said either way if the Confederate symbols should be removed, but he did agreed to meet later this month with State Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, who opposes them.
“We are very disappointed that other groups with different agendas are hiding behind our monuments to advance a very different agenda than ours,” says Marshal Davis with the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
“In 1958 the U.S. Congress passed a law saying all Confederate veterans are United States veterans entitled to all of the privileges and respect due any American veteran.”
Even if Abbott agreed to remove the items, the final decision would likely come from the State Preservation Board.
“All of our members are descendents from Confederate soliders, sailors and officers,” says Davis. “And our mission is to protect that good veteran's name and see the true history of the South is preserved for future generations.”