The University of Texas at Austin will remove statues of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and other Confederate figures from a central area of campus, said University of Texas President Greg Fenves, who announced Sunday that the monuments have become "symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism."
In addition to a statue of Lee, the university will also move statues of Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Postmaster General John Reagan from their places on campus to the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.
A statue of former Texas Gov. James Stephen Hogg was also removed. The statue will be placed elsewhere on campus.
The University of Texas moved a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis to a history museum in 2015.
The statues are expected to be removed by mid-morning Monday, a spokesman for the University of Texas said, and crews were in place late Sunday night to begin taking the statues down, the Associated Press reported.
"Last week, the horrific displays of hatred at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville shocked and saddened the nation. These events make it clear, now more than ever, that Confederate monuments have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism," Fenves said in a statement.
Following the violence in Charlottesville, where white nationalist groups clashed with counter-protesters, a number of cities and states are beginning to debate the removal of Confederate statues.
Fenves said he consulted with student leaders, students, faculty members, staff and alumni about how to respond to the events in Charlottesville.
"The University of Texas at Austin is a public educational and research institution, first and foremost. The historical and cultural significance of the Confederate statues on our campus — and the connections that individuals have with them — are severely compromised by what they symbolize," Fenves said. "Erected during the period of Jim Crow laws and segregation, the statues represent the subjugation of African Americans. That remains true today for white supremacists who use them to symbolize hatred and bigotry."