OXFORD, Miss, (WJTV) – The University of Mississippi removed the state flag in a ceremony early Monday, October 26, 2015.
The campus police lowered and furled the state flag in a Lyceum Circle ceremony as the campus opened.
Interim Chancellor Morris Stocks noted that the decision to no longer fly the state flag was not an easy one, adding that the flag means different things to different people.
“As Mississippi’s flagship university, we have a deep love and respect for our state,” Morris said. “Because the flag remains Mississippi’s official banner, this was a hard decision. I understand the flag represents tradition and honor to some. But to others, the flag means that some members of the Ole Miss family are not welcomed or valued. That is why the university faculty, staff and leadership have united behind this student-led initiative.”
The flag will be preserved in the University Archives along with resolutions from students, faculty and staff calling for its removal.