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UM Libraries resources on the contextualization of Ole Miss buildings, monuments and other campus locations. This is an opportunity to research and discuss these topics as part of a community of scholars.


Contextualization at the University of Mississippi 

The resources listed here provide an opportunity to research the contextualization of Ole Miss buildings, monuments and other campus locations. Debate about Confederate symbols on the UM campus has occurred since the 1970s, and the current initiative to contextualize local sites is part of a long-running dialoge. This is an opportunity to research and discuss these topics as part of a community of scholars. Archival assistance provided by Dr. Leigh McWhite.


Image: The only image of antebellum slavery at the University of Mississippi known to exist: an unnamed enslaved woman, standing behind the faculty residence of University of Mississippi Professor Edward C. Boynton, who took the photograph around 1860. Courtesy of the University of Mississippi Department of Archives and Special Collections.

University of Mississippi Contextualization Committee

Contextualization at Other Academic Institutions

In Ebony and Ivy, by Mr. Wilder, cites this ad for the sale of slaves by a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania; from Pennsylvania Gazette.

In the News

Contextualization Movement History

Craig Steven Wilder, the author of Ebony & Ivy, started the national discussion about enslaved people and higher education. Wilder  is a professor of American history at MIT and formally Dartmouth. 


Ebony & Ivy was part of faculty reading group that went on to become our campuses' Slavery Research Group (UMSRG).

Enslaved People

The Carriage House and an (assumed) domestic servant from the UM Slavery Research Group page.

Related Topics

  • The Lost Cause 
  • Daughters of the Confederacy
  • Civil War Commemoration  
  • United Confederate Veterans 
  • Jim Crow
  • White Supremacy 
  • Disenfranchisement of African Americans
  • White Southern Nationalism
  • Memorialization Studies