MISSISSIPPI: Plaques at Ole Miss Acknowledge Ties to Slave Labor
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi is acknowledging its historical connections to slave labor, slave owners and officials who set policies that stripped African-Americans of voting rights after the Civil War.
The university on Friday unveiled six plaques on its main campus in Oxford to provide information about the history of the school that was founded in 1848.
“These plaques are daily reminders of our obligation to learn from the past and commit to an inclusive future,” Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter said in a statement.
One plaque says 10 of the university’s original buildings were constructed with the labor of enslaved African-Americans. Three of the buildings, including the university’s main administrative center, the Lyceum, are still in use. The plaque also says that “a large number of slaves” were used to cut through hills near campus in 1856 and 1857 to make way for a railroad line, and that the slave owners received railroad company stock.
“Slavery was a system underpinned by exploitation and violence, and slaves also suffered beatings and other abuses documented in University records,” the plaque says. “The University of Mississippi today honors the …
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