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Ole Miss Freedom Marker Commemorates Meredith

By Sandra Knispel | Published 29 Sep 2012 06:23pm | comments
A University of Mississippi student looks at the new Mississippi Freedom Trail marker, commemorating the enrollment of its first black student, James Meredith, in 1962. Photo: Robert Jordan, UM Communications

This Sunday marks the day – exactly 50 years ago -- that the Ole Miss campus erupted in riots over the admission of its first black student. This morning, officials unveiled a Mississippi Freedom Trail marker to commemorate that event. MPB’s Sandra Knispel reports from Oxford.

[Nat sound unveiling of the marker]

Oxford Mayor Pat Patterson, Ward Emling with the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division, and Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones together unveiled the marker that commemorates James Meredith’s lengthy court battle and ultimate success to become the first black student here in 1962.

Chancellor Dan Jones told the small crowd assembled on the northeast corner of the Lyceum that this marker serves as a reminder:

“As we celebrate the courage of James Meredith and many others who came behind him here and suffered difficult days on this campus, we also commemorate that it was a difficult time, that there was a long period of injustice, that injustice was a part of life in this state, in this university, and in this country.”

The marker displays photographs of James Meredith and two other African Americans who tried to enroll before him: slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers and Clennon King, as well as photos of the deadly riots.

Sandra Knispel, MPB News, Oxford.

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A University of Mississippi student looks at the new Mississippi Freedom Trail marker, commemorating the enrollment of its first black student, James Meredith, in 1962. Photo: Robert Jordan, UM Communications


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