Demonstrations for and against the Sul Ross Statue
Lawrence Sullivan “Sul” Ross (September 27, 1838 – January 3, 1898) was the 19th Governor of Texas, a Confederate States Army general during the American Civil War, and the president of Texas A&M University (1891-98). In 1918, the College Station campus dedicated a 10-ft (3 m) bronze statue of Ross, sculpted by Pompeo Coppini. Since then, the “Pennies on Sully,” where students leave pennies at the base of Sully for good luck before taking their exams, has become an Aggie tradition.
While some defend Ross as, among other things, “the embodiment of Aggie Spirit and tradition,” others condemn the celebration of a leader who carried out anti-Mexican, anti-Black, and anti-Indigenous beliefs and policies.
This database contains recordings from demonstrations for and against the removal of the statue, which took place on June 13, 2020.