OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill issued a statement Friday in regards to relocating the Confederate statue from the lawn of the Lafayette County Courthouse.
Her statement below:
“During my years serving as an Alderman and now as Mayor of the City of Oxford, I have received numerous inquiries about relocating the Confederate statue from the lawn of the Lafayette County Courthouse. As the Mayor of Oxford, I have no authority over county property - nor does the Oxford Board of Aldermen. It has long been my view that the statue needs to be moved to a more appropriate place. Just like the current Mississippi state flag does not represent our diverse state or our desire to make every resident and visitor feel welcome, the Confederate statue does not represent our diverse community and certainly does not make every resident or visitor feel welcome. I echo Chancellor Glenn Boyce’s sentiment that we should not allow our past to prevent the cultivation of a better present and future."
Tannehill also issued a video statement.
Similar to the statue at the courthouse, the Confederate statue on the Ole Miss campus has also been a hot topic among the university's community. The statue is located on the Circle.
Ole Miss Chancellor Glenn Boyce issued a statement last week in reference to the death of George Floyd in which he discussed the future of the statue on the university's campus.
"This is a time for change," he said. "For me, that means moving the monument away from the center of our campus. That monument has divided this campus, and the process of its removal from the Circle is one I am committed to seeing through to completion. There is more to do, but this needs to happen."