Ole Miss Takes Down State Flag From Campus After Student Vote

The University of Mississippi took down the state flag from its campus early Monday morning after the student senate approved a resolution calling for the action last week.

“University of Mississippi Police Department officers lowered and furled the state flag in a Lyceum Circle ceremony as the campus opened Monday morning,” a statement from the University said. “The flag will be preserved in the University Archives along with resolutions from students, faculty and staff calling for its removal.”

Ole Miss student senators voted to remove the flag, which includes the Confederate battle flag after a campus wide movement developed.

Interim Ole Miss Chancellor Morris Stocks first joined other state and university leaders calling for a change in the state flag in a statement last June according to the press release.

“The University of Mississippi community came to the realization years ago that the Confederate battle flag did not represent many of our core values, such as civility and respect for others,” Stocks said in a statement. “Since that time, we have become a stronger and better university. We join other leaders in our state who are calling for a change in the state flag.”

Student media first reported the story.

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