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AUSTIN (AP) – University of Texas officials are scheduled to be in court, seeking a judge’s permission to remove a statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis from the main area of campus.

Thursday’s afternoon hearing comes after the nearly century-old bronze statue was targeted by vandals, and activists say it should be removed as a symbol of the state’s racist past.

New school President Greg Fenves has ordered the Davis statue moved to a campus museum, but will allow other Confederate statues to remain.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is asking a state judge in Austin to block the move. They argue the school needs permission from the Legislature or other state agencies to move Davis.

Davis’ great-great-grandson, Bertram Hayes-Davis of Mississippi, has said moving the statue would be “appropriate and reasonable.”

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