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UM Provost Provides Update on Confederate Monument Relocation

By Alyssa Schnugg
News editor
alyssa.schnugg@hottytoddy.com

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is expected to be considering the University of Mississippi’s request to move the historical Confederate monument.

On Tuesday morning, Noel E. Wilkin, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, sent an update on the relocation of the monument via email to students, faculty and staff.

“We have committed to be transparent about the monument and its relocation. Last Monday (October 7), I received confirmation from our Facilities Planning Department that Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) has the monument slated to be on its December agenda,” Wilkin stated in the email.

“Based on when we submitted the request, MDAH had initially anticipated it being on its October agenda. MDAH has informed us that, ‘with the complexity of the move, both the development and the review of the specs have taken longer than we had anticipated.’ MDAH has indicated that they are ‘on track for December.”

In August, former Ole Miss Interim Chancellor Larry Sparks announced that plans for the relocation and placement were sent to MDAH for its consideration.

According to Sparks, here are the steps the university has completed for its relocation:

1. Submit a letter of intent to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) – Completed March 20, 2019
2. Review meeting with MDAH – Completed April 2, 2019
3. Contract with a firm to develop necessary plans – Completed June 3, 2019
4. Develop the relocation and placement plans and drawings, and conduct site work to the required administrative, architectural, and engineering specifications – Completed August 27, 2019
5. Submit relocation and reinstallation plans to MDAH for consideration – Completed August 27, 2019

Remaining steps – consideration and decision by MDAH; if approved by MDAH, submission of the agenda item to Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) that includes MDAH approval; hire a contractor to perform the work.

You can review the drawings and specifications for the proposed plan.


 

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