Ole Miss relocates Confederate statue

Ole Miss relocated a Confederate monument on campus. | Source: WMC Action News 5

Updated - Crews began the process of relocating the Confederate statue at Ole Miss Tuesday morning.

Posted: Jul 14, 2020 10:19 AM
Updated: Jul 14, 2020 5:09 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Crews began the process of relocating the Confederate statue at Ole Miss Tuesday morning.

In June, the state college board granted the university permission to relocate the statue from the Circle.


Crews began relocating the Confederate statue from the Circle on the Ole Miss campus. Date: July 14, 2020 | Source: Allen Linton

Crews covered up the statue for transport. The cemetery is located near the Tad Smith Coliseum. | Photo Date: July 14, 2020

Related - Confederate statue to be moved from central spot at Ole Miss

The statue now sits at the Civil War cemetery on the Oxford campus.

The idea of moving the statue has been debated among community members and members of the university.

In the past few years, the university has continued to distance itself from the Confederacy.

Ole Miss Chancellor Glenn Boyce released the following statement:

"Today marks an important moment for our university as the confederate monument has been moved from the Circle at the center of campus to the cemetery near Tad Smith Coliseum. I want to thank and commend the students, faculty, staff and administration, as well as alumni and university foundation boards, who provided valuable input and support for the relocation effort. Your commitment to bring about what’s best for our university made all the difference.

In addition, I’d like to thank the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Board of Trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning for giving us the necessary support to move the monument to a more suitable location.

Since my June 22 update to the university community, we have revisited aspects of the project and I would like to provide an important update. Last month, we requested a ground penetrating radar survey inside the cemetery walls to determine the depth of cover material over the buried remains. The results of this survey were received in two parts on June 26 and June 29. The survey concluded that in some places minimal ground cover could create a high probability of disturbing the graves. Consequently, and after many conversations and serious consideration, I feel excavating within the walls of the cemetery presents a significant risk of disturbing remains. This is a risk I am not prepared nor willing to take.

This has been an important issue for our university, and today’s relocation is a meaningful change for our community. I’m inspired by our ongoing commitment to strengthen our campus as a positive, productive and welcoming educational environment for all."

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