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Confederate Statue Will Remain on Campus, UM Official Confirms

The Confederate Statue in the Circle at Ole Miss is undergoing repairs, which are expected to take two weeks.

A University of Mississippi official confirmed today that the Confederate statue, located in the Circle of the Ole Miss campus, is staying where it is.

Repairs to the statue began yesterday after a driver, believed to have been intoxicated, crashed into the monument in mid-September.
“The statue will be repaired and remain in its current location,” Ryan Whittington, UM’s assistant director of public relations for social media strategy, told HottyToddy.com.
In an earlier statement to the press, Whittington said the statue did not sustain structural damage during the collision, but the base did experience cosmetic damage.
“The contextualization plaque and base were damaged beyond repair during the accident,” Whittington said. “The university expects to complete repairs in the next two weeks.”
A new plaque has been ordered and will be installed upon receipt, which is expected to be before Oct. 20.
Controversy swirled around the plaque, which was placed just a year ago as part of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Historical Context and Contextualization’s plan to contextualize sites on campus. The Confederate statue was one of the first sites to be altered according to the plan, and Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said in March 2017 that putting the statue into context was preferable to removing it. 
Members of the University’s English Department penned a letter to Vitter in August asking for the relocation of the statue from campus to another site.
“Confederate monuments are not only an affront to a large proportion of our population, but are also a rallying point for neo-Confederates, neo-Nazis, white nationalists and the so-called alt-right,” the letter stated. 

A temporary contextualization plaque has been placed in front of the statue until repairs are complete. Photo by Randall Haley.

Randall Haley is the managing editor of HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at randall.haley@hottytoddy.com.

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