HOUSTON (FOX 26) - In darkness, statues at the University of Texas of Generals Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston, former Texas Governor James Hogg and Texas politician John Reagan disappeared.
But students and parents have more concerns than the blocks of granite where the controversial statues once stood. "Our focus is on getting her moved in worrying about how she's going to do away from home," said Christine Miller mother of a UT freshman.
In a statement the University's president said," We do not choose our history but we choose what we honor and celebrate on our campus."
"They did a review and found that there are no confederate areas statues or monuments here," said UH Vice President Dr. Elywn Lee.
But the name Calhoun Lofts was bothering UH officials.
It's not named after John C. Calhoun, the seventh vice president of the United States and strong defender of slavery, but rather the street it sits on. All the signage will be changed to University Lofts when it's practical officials said.
The University of Houston released the following statement on Monday afternoon:
The University of Houston does not have statues, memorials or monuments honoring the Confederate era. Calhoun Lofts were originally named to coincide with the name of the adjacent city street when the university began its aggressive residential expansion in the last decade. While the residence hall was not named in recognition of John C. Calhoun, in the wake of recent events, and out of sensitivity to our diverse student community the university has decided to change the name to University Lofts. The change will be made as soon as practical.