UM civil rights memorial takes shape

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - An 18-wheeler has delivered finely carved Indiana limestone to the University of Mississippi. The limestone will be used on the columns and other stonework for the campus' Civil Rights Memorial.

The memorial will be located between the Lyceum and the J-D Williams Library on the Oxford campus.

On a walkway leading to the pavilion will be a life-size statue of James Meredith, whose 1962 admission to the university sparked the desegregation of higher education in Mississippi.

Meredith was the first black to be admitted to Ole Miss. The memorial's design was conceived by a group of faculty, staff and students.

The actual design is by Eley and Associates of Jackson and regional sculptor Rod Moorhead. The monument will have a seated area for people to rest and contemplate.

While an exact date for completion is elusive, officials say every detail will be finished before the beginning of the fall semester in August.

Its dedication is set for October first, marking the 44th anniversary of Meredith's admission.

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