Memorial marking 50 years since UT Tower shooting unveiled

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new memorial unveiled at the University of Texas at Austin Monday marks 50 years since the mass shooting from the UT Tower.

The Tower Garden, located just north of the tower, was also be rededicated. It was unveiled in 1999 in memory of the 13 people killed in the Aug. 1, 1966 shooting. More than 30 others were injured.

The event — planned for the campus community, victims and survivors of the tragedy — was open to the public, the university says.

Before the 12 p.m. ceremony, the bells of the Tower Carillon tolled and the tower clock will stop for 24 hours. Flags will also be lowered on the Main Mall.

A bagpiper led a procession from the mall to the Tower Garden, leading to the rededication ceremony from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m.

Speakers will include University President Greg Fenves, shooting survivor and co-chair of the Texas Tower Memorial Committee Claire Wilson James, UT student witness James Bryce and U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, who was elected president of the UT Austin student body in 1967.

 

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