A Confederate statue was removed from the University of Mississippi on Tuesday, more than a year after students and staff voted to get rid of it.
The 30-foot statue of the Confederate soldier, erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1906, was moved from the main administrative building to a nearby cemetery, the school announced.
“This has been an important issue for our university, and today’s relocation is a meaningful change for our community," Chancellor Glenn Boyce said in a statement.
“I’m inspired by our ongoing commitment to strengthen our campus as a positive, productive and welcoming educational environment for all.”
The statue was used as a major meeting point during the 1962 race riots for students who opposed the integration of the school, according to the Times Daily.
Last year, the Ole Miss student government voted unanimously to remove the statue, weeks after a pro-Confederate rally on campus.
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