University of Mississippi Providing Context to Reconstruction Era Memorials and Jim Crow Monuments

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The University of Mississippi is installing interpretive plaques for Reconstruction Era memorials on campus.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/us/ole-miss-confederacy.html?_r=0

According to the article:

Other than William Faulkner and the father and son quarterbacks Archie and Eli Manning, few figures in this town’s history are better known locally than Lucius Q. C. Lamar.

A professor at Ole Miss before and after the Civil War, he served in both chambers of Congress and as a Supreme Court justice.

Oxford’s main thoroughfare, lined with stately homes and towering oaks, is named Lamar Avenue. His home, restored as a museum, is on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1977, Ole Miss dedicated a major building as Lamar Hall.

That building will soon get a plaque more fully describing Lamar’s legacy.

Lamar drafted the state’s orders of secession, funded his own Confederate regiment and held 31 slaves. After the war, he remained a divisive figure, delivering speeches that riled up whites in a violent 1875 election that he said “involved the supremacy of the unconquered and unconquerable Saxon race,” according to one newspaper account of the day
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Vardaman is the only person who will have his memorial effaced. The others, whose actions were consisten with many other white Mississippians, will be "contextualized" instead.
 

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I'm a little intimidated to make a comment- it's such a heated topic. This seems a way to cut through to the core while not razing History, either. Doesn't seem so much a matter of ' making everyone happy ' as it does settling together what, exactly, our past was. How do we move forward without a genuine understanding of that, and a kind of awed acceptance.

One thing which always bothers me, when dealing with pre-Civil War buildings, is who does anyone think built them? Some of the craftsmanship in those buildings is breathtaking- although admit to being a big, old geek on this stuff. Legacies; nameless, black craftsmen working as enslaved, are responsible for so much beauty we take for granted in these historic places, too. That's context.
 

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Good to know the University has laid bare it's sins, isn't that what you want to hear?
Absolutely not, this is an obvious outrage. Everyone here knows that only the vile sins of duplicitous Yankees should be exposed, we should keep these sins hidden. Otherwise the "sterling reputations" of upstanding southern gentlemen will be unduly tarnished.
 



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