The University of Mississippi recently unveiled six new historical markers on campus. The markers pay tribute to enslaved laborers who took part in the construction of several building on the campus of the state’s flagship university. The plaques also present narratives of the lives of individuals who influenced the direction of decisions made throughout the university’s history.
Another plaque places in context a stained-glass window in Ventress Hall that pays tribute to the University Greys, a Civil War company of soldiers that was made up of mostly Ole Miss students. All members of the company were killed, wounded, or captured during the war.
Jeffrey Vitter, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, said that “these plaques are daily reminders of our obligation to learn from the past and commit to an inclusive future.”