Bill Tanner works to remove graffiti from a statue of Jefferson Davis at the University of Texas in Austin. The statue is one of several around the country that have been targeted by vandals in recent days. Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman via AP hide caption

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Beyond The Battle Flag: Controversy Over Confederate Symbols Unfurls

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Seen during Fleet Week in May 2011,the Statue of Liberty is scheduled to close for a year of repairs, beginning in October. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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