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    A tale of two Georges

    By Christopher Palmer and Mason Jones
    Christopher Palmer and Mason Jones
    Published: Nov. 10, 2009

    Learn the story of the Littlefield Fountain, how competing donors George Washington Littlefield and George Washington Brackenridge formed the campus’ appearance and the past and present controversy behind the confederate statues in the South Mall of The University of Texas at Austin.

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      lucian said on Nov. 2, 2012 at 9:59 p.m.
      The statues are confederate generals on one side, and confederate statesman on the other. Read the inscription to the right of the fountain which is hidden by a tree and written in stone that says the fountain is "To the men and women of the Confederacy who fought with valor and suffered with fortitude that states rights be maintained ... " Way to go UT in continuing to gloss over the real history and how this institution is built around racism.
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      Jenny Stall said on June 14, 2011 at 11:46 p.m.
      I had seen the statues when I was stationed at Ft Hood, TX. My friends showed me around the state and the different tings to see but they did not know the story behind them.
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      tim said on Dec. 4, 2010 at 10:50 a.m.
      Not a native of TX; , hence my ignorance on the Georges and their story. Quite interested how everything carries a bit of history. Just dropped off from Luce Foundation of American Art site. Appreciate the work on preserving American history in all it form art, records and the lot great work.
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      a. dilworth said on Aug. 23, 2010 at 10:28 p.m.
      Excellent info on the 2 Georges... I had heard this similar info from Ed Van de Vort who used to teach a class on Austin History. He took us (his class) to the Fountain and area of South Mall to see this classic fountain, statues and gorgeous setting. As a newcomer to Austin, I found his information about the history of UT, its bldgs and statues most interesting. Ed was not a UT grad, however, he was a man of the Arts and found much on the UT campus he liked. Great job on your video. Good that there were 2 Georges... UT profited from both in very positive ways. Let us hope that this area stays intact as is because it reflects a part of UT, TX and US History in a specific time. Again great JOB.
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