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University of Texas cancels moving confederate statue after opponents ask judge to block move

  • A statue of Jefferson Davis stands on the campus of the University of Texas, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Austin, Texas. The statue of Davis, who was president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, will be removed and placed in the school's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History as part of an educational display. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    A statue of Jefferson Davis stands on the campus of the University of Texas, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Austin, Texas. The statue of Davis, who was president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, will be removed and placed in the school's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History as part of an educational display. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man studies the inscription below a statue of Jefferson Davis on the campus of the University of Texas, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Austin, Texas. The statue of Davis, who was president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, will be removed and placed in the school's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History as part of an educational display. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    A man studies the inscription below a statue of Jefferson Davis on the campus of the University of Texas, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Austin, Texas. The statue of Davis, who was president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, will be removed and placed in the school's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History as part of an educational display. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

  • A statue of Jefferson Davis stands on the campus of the University of Texas, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Austin, Texas. The statue of Davis, who was president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, will be removed and placed in the school's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History as part of an educational display. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    A statue of Jefferson Davis stands on the campus of the University of Texas, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Austin, Texas. The statue of Davis, who was president of the Confederacy during the Civil War, will be removed and placed in the school's Dolph Briscoe Center for American History as part of an educational display. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

The University of Texas has canceled weekend plans to relocate a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis off the main campus after opponents asked a judge to block the move.

University spokesman Gary Susswein said Friday the school remains confident it will ultimately carry out a decision made this week to put the century-old statue in a museum. It had been targeted by vandals and come under increasing criticism as a symbol of racism.

But the university agreed to postpone the move after the Sons of Confederate Veterans filed for a temporary restraining order. It's the same group that that lost at the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year over Texas rejecting a specialized license plate featuring the Confederate flag.

The move had been scheduled to take place Saturday.