The Jefferson Davis statue, which commemorates the president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War and is located adjacent to the UT Tower, was defaced over the course of Wednesday night and early Tuesday morning, according to UTPD.
The statue had graffiti on both the North and South sides of its base. The words “Davis must fall” appeared to be spelled out in red and yellow graffiti.
UTPD noticed the graffiti at 8:42 a.m. Thursday and called University Facilities Services to remove it, according to UTPD Public Information Officer Cindy Posey. Posey said UTPD is investigating the issue and trying to find out who put the graffiti on the statue.
Because of its Confederate affiliation, the statue has been controversial around campus. In late March, the Student Government voted almost unanimously for its removal.
The statue was also defaced on February 27, with the words “Chump” and an arrow pointing up written in chalk on the South side of its base.