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Ole Miss to recognize slave labor on pre-Civil War buildings

OXFORD, MS (AP/WLOX) -

The University of Mississippi will post signs acknowledging that slaves built some structures on the main campus founded before the Civil War.

The university made the announcement Thursday, also saying Ole Miss will strip the name of James K. Vardaman off a building. Vardaman, a white supremacist, was a Mississippi governor and U.S. senator in the early 20th century.

Assistant Provost Dr. Donald Cole recently spoke to HottyToddy.com about the decision-making process behind the Vardaman Hall name change: https://youtu.be/eTSv_KRlfK4

The changes are part of an effort started in 2014 to provide historical context on the Oxford campus, which was rocked by violence after court-ordered integration in 1962. The administration has already added a plaque to provide information about slavery and the Civil War to a Confederate soldier statue on campus.

University leaders say they're trying to make a diverse student body feel more welcome.

Click here to read University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter's response to the CACHC Final Report.

Click here to download the PDF of the final report.

Ole Miss Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter is still seeking input from the public on two additional sites of university history put forth for consideration in the final report of the CACHC: The Ventress Hall stained-glass windows and the Confederate Cemetery and related memorial. Offer your comment to university leaders here: http://bit.ly/2sL95E4

The public review and comment period will be open until July 31, 2017. 

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press and WLOX. All rights reserved. 

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