Austin Professor: Time for Lawmakers to Abolish Confederate Heroes Day

Last year the Texas Freedom Network joined scholars in calling on the State Board of Education to stop glorifying the Confederacy and Confederate heroes in public school history classrooms. We also advocated removing from the Texas Capitol a plaque that promoted the lie that the Confederacy didn't fight to preserve the evil institution of slavery. In the following guest blog post, Bryan Register -- an Austin Community College professor and founder of De-Confederate Austin -- calls for abolishing Confederate Heroes Day as a state holiday. State Rep. Jarvis Johnson has filed a bill -- HB1183 -- that would do so. That bill has been referred to the House State Affairs Committee, chaired by state Rep. Dade Phelan. Read More

Texas Activists to March for Accurate History about Slavery and the Civil War

Treue Der Union monument in Comfort, Texas

With the State Board of Education currently debating whether to #TeachTheTruth about the history of slavery, the Confederacy and the Civil War in Texas public schools, a group of activists has launched a new effort to bring attention to the real history of that period. In August the group plans a march commemorating the 1862 massacre of pro-Union German immigrants in Texas who had refused to take up arms for the Confederacy. The Treue Der Union monument in Comfort honors their memory and courage. Texas Public Radio aired a story about monument and its history in May.

The August 11-12 march from Comfort to Fredericksburg will include various stops with presentations from organizers, activists and historians. Check out the Facebook event page here. You can also learn more about our efforts to #TeachTheTruth in social studies curriculum standards for Texas public schools here.

The following guest post by Austin Community College Professor Bryan Register provides more information about the August March for History in Comfort.

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On May 17-19, a group of hard-working activists from Take ‘Em Down Jax in Jacksonville, Fla., marched 40 miles to call on local government to take down monuments that honor secession and slavery.… Read More

As we continue our review of 2017, let’s look at how the right continued its efforts to revise history and use race to divide the country. By the way, 2018 will see a new battle at the State Board of Education over what Texas public school students should learn about slavery and the Civil War Stay tuned. Read More

Stop Whitewashing Confederate History in Texas Schools

Americans across the country are calling for the removal of statues that lie about the Confederacy and glorify its “heroes." But whitewashing the Confederacy's racist history goes far beyond statues, especially in Texas. Read More

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is -- predictably -- criticizing a decision by the University of Texas to remove statues of Confederate Civil War leaders from honored spaces on its Austin campus. He is in desperate need of a history lesson. Read More

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Rep. Cecil Bell is up in the House State Affairs Committee with the so-called Tx Sovereignty Act, which basically calls for Tx to ignore federal laws and federal court rulings. Rep. Bell first filed this in '15 in anticipation of #SCOTUS legalizing same-sex marriage. #txlege