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December 9, 2019
by Judith Kilborn
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“Board approves 1 step in moving Ole Miss Confederate statue”

According to the Associated Press (https://apnews.com/683ea46398057281596bb8ab09ee287a),

A Confederate statue would be moved from a central spot on the University of Mississippi’s campus to a less prominent Confederate cemetery, under a proposal approved Friday by a state board.

The cemetery is still on campus, but it’s in a place few people walk or drive.

The statue is being removed in part because of student protests:

The monument is one of many erected across the South more than a century ago. Critics say its display near the university’s main administrative building sends a signal that the school glorifies the Confederacy and glosses over the South’s history of slavery.

Pro-Confederate groups from outside the university rallied at the monument Feb. 23, causing Ole Miss basketball players to kneel during the national anthem, in protest of the rally. Student government leaders voted March 5 to ask administrators to move the monument to the cemetery, where Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Shiloh are buried.

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