(Washington Post) The College of William & Mary said Friday it is scrubbing imagery of the Confederacy from its ceremonial silver mace and has removed a plaque honoring rebel soldiers from a prominent location in its iconic Wren Building.
With those moves, the prestigious public college in Williamsburg joined other institutions that have decided to remove Confederate emblems — or scale back their display — following the massacre in June at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. A white man was arrested in the church shootings and faces federal hate crime charges.
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South Carolina last month took down a Confederate battle flag that had flown for decades on the statehouse grounds. On Thursday, the University of Texas at Austin said it will move a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a significant outdoor location, where it had been since 1933, to an indoor historic exhibit.