JACKSON, Miss. (AP/WTVA) — A Confederate monument will be moved from a prominent spot at the University of Mississippi.
It’s going to a Civil War cemetery in a secluded part of the Oxford campus.
The state college board voted Thursday to move the monument.
"We are pleased to bring about this important change for our community," said Ole Miss Chancellor Glenn Boyce in a statement.
Ole Miss said the university would move as quickly as possible to move the monument, which is estimated to cost between $900,000 and $1.2 million.
According to the university, private money will be used to move the monument as well as to make enhancements to the cemetery and to create a monument recognizing black soldiers in the Civil War.
The decision comes amid debate over Confederate symbols as people across the U.S. protest racism.
The University of Mississippi was founded in 1848, and the marble statue of a saluting Confederate soldier was put up in 1906.
It’s one of many Confederate monuments erected across the South decades after the Civil War.