Confederate Statue Plaque Officially Revised

In June 2016, it was announced that the plaque in front of the Confederate Statue in the Circle on the Ole Miss campus would be replaced with a new plaque after receiving input from various organizations such as the local chapter of the NAACP and Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter. This is a step taken to further former Chancellor Dan Jone’s 2014 action plan to place historical context on some of the University’s confederate symbols throughout the campus. When the wording for the new plaque was announced, the lack of any mention of slavery caused controversy, prompting immediate action. The old plaque read as follows and can be seen below.

“AS CONFEDERATE VETERANS WERE PASSING FROM THE SCENE IN INCREASING NUMBERS, MEMORIAL ASSOCIATIONS BUILT MONUMENTS IN THEIR MEMORY ALL ACROSS THE SOUTH. THIS STATUE WAS DEDICATED BY CITIZENS OF OXFORD AND LAFAYETTE COUNTY IN 1906. ON THE EVENING OF SEPTEMBER 30, 1962, THE STATUE WAS A RALLYING POINT WHERE A REBELLIOUS MOB GATHERED TO PREVENT THE ADMISSION OF THE UNIVERSITY’S FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENT. IT WAS ALSO AT THIS STATUE THAT A LOCAL MINISTER IMPLORED THE MOB TO DISPERSE AND ALLOW JAMES MEREDITH TO EXERCISE HIS RIGHTS AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. ON THE MORNING AFTER THAT LONG NIGHT, MEREDITH WAS ADMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY AND GRADUATED IN AUGUST 1963. 

THIS HISTORIC STATUE IS A REMINDER OF THE UNIVERSITY’S PAST AND OF ITS CURRENT AND ONGOING COMMITMENT TO OPEN ITS HALLOWED HALLS TO ALL WHO SEEK TRUTH AND KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM”

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Plaque that was originally placed in March 2016, moments after being taken down.

Earlier today, the old plaque was taken down and the new plaque was officially erected in its place. Vitter announced the official language of the new plaque via email to students and faculty back in June. The new plaque can be seen in the photo below, and reads as follows:

AS CONFEDERATE VETERANS WERE DYING IN INCREASING NUMBERS, MEMORIAL ASSOCIATIONS ACROSS THE SOUTH BUILT MONUMENTS IN THEIR MEMORY. THESE MONUMENTS WERE OFTEN USED TO PROMOTE AN IDEOLOGY KNOWN AS THE “LOST CAUSE,” WHICH CLAIMED THAT THE CONFEDERACY HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED TO DEFEND STATES’ RIGHTS AND THAT SLAVERY WAS NOT THE PRINCIPAL CAUSE OF THE CIVIL WAR. RESIDENTS OF OXFORD AND LAFAYETTE COUNTY DEDICATED THIS STATUE, APPROVED BY THE UNIVERSITY, IN 1906. ALTHOUGH THE MONUMENT WAS CREATED TO HONOR THE SACRIFICE OF LOCAL CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS, IT MUST ALSO REMIND US THAT THE DEFEAT OF THE CONFEDERACY ACTUALLY MEANT FREEDOM FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. ON THE EVENING OF SEPTEMBER 30, 1962, THIS STATUE WAS A RALLYING POINT FOR OPPONENTS OF INTEGRATION.

THIS HISTORIC STATUE IS A REMINDER OF THE UNIVERSITY’S DIVISIVE PAST. TODAY, THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI DRAWS FROM THAT PAST A CONTINUING COMMITMENT TO OPEN ITS HALLOWED HALLS TO ALL WHO SEEK TRUTH, KNOWLEDGE, AND WISDOM.”

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New plaque placed in from of the Confederate Statue in the Circle on the Ole Miss campus on October 13, 2016

For Chancellor Vitter’s full statement on the matter, click here.


Steven Gagliano is a writer for HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at steven.gagliano@hottytoddy.com

13 COMMENTS

  1. Trying to alter history by altering a plaque on a stature is wrong. What is done, is done! But when our leaders have no connection with the past. This is what we are left with.

  2. This is disgusting. The monument does not need any “interpretation”, especially by some PC revisionists hell-bent on pushing their social agenda. The memorial clearly states that it is dedicated “To Our Confederate Dead, 1861-1865”. The citizens of Mississippi erected it to honor and remember their fallen war dead. It is a grave marker for those sons, brothers, husbands and sweethearts who never returned home from battle. What may/may not have happened at or around the monument since then is irrelevant, and to use this marker to score political points with folks who will never be satisfied is further evidence (as if we needed any) of the lack of spine within the University administration, and that they have no plans to stop their ongoing attempt to completely destroy the good and honorable history and heritage of the University.

  3. I agree that using the monument for political reasons, and rewriting history to fit a progressive/Marxist political agenda, is wrong. The defeat of the Confederacy did not mean freedom for anyone. We must hold politicians to a higher standard.

  4. Just exactly how much $$$ was spent on historical revision plaque #1.
    How much $$$$ was spent on historical revision plaque #2?
    Where is the mention of the University Grey’s?
    Where is the paragraph that tells of all the engagement proposals, all the passing of test answers, and each drug sale under this statue?
    Chancellor vitter, FYI – as various Southern Veterans and women’s organizations were building these sacred Memorials to southern dead, Northern Veterans and women’s organizations were quite exact same Memorials to the Union dead. Since none of the northern Memorial statues contains mention of slavery, it is only fair you and your committee take more Ole Miss $$$$$ and erect plaques in front of them too.

  5. You do know that if, it was not for a State law, the administration would have removed the statue some time ago—most people don’t know that a big burr under the administration saddle it the fact that there is a Confederate Cemetery located on the campus–it and the land is owned by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The cemetery is the only location on campus where the Battle Flag can be flown. I feel sure that the current administration would love to build a parking lot there.

  6. In June 2016, it was announced that the plaque in front of the Confederate Statue in the Circle on the Ole Miss campus would be replaced with a new plaque after receiving input from various organizations such as the local chapter of the NAACP and Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter

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