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Texas Senate Committee Wades into Debate over Tributes to the Confederacy with Focus on Artwork

Texas Senate Committee Wades into Debate over Tributes to the Confederacy with Focus on Artwork

This story, originally published in The Dallas Morning News, is reprinted as part of a collaborative partnership between The Dallas Morning News and TMN. The partnership seeks to boost coverage of Dallas’s communities of color, particularly in southern Dallas.

By Alex Briseno
Dallas Morning News Writer

Paintings of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston and John H. Reagan, postmaster general of the Confederate States of America, all hang in the Senate and will be addressed.

AUSTIN—The ongoing debate over tributes to the Confederacy at the state Capitol has moved to the Texas Senate, where a special committee met for the first time Monday [November 23rd] to discuss the artwork depicting Confederate leaders in the Senate chambers.

The Senate Chamber Review Committee, formed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick about a year ago, met for the first time Monday to hear invited testimony on the history and procedure of the placement of art in the Senate.

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Paintings of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, and John H. Reagan, who was the postmaster general of the Confederate States of America, all hang in the Senate and will be addressed by the special committee.

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