Implementation of Plaques

On March 2, 2018, UM will hold a ceremony to unveil the contextualization plaques recommended by the CACHC. More details will be announced soon.

In addition to the physical sites listed in the Phase II charge, the CACHC’s final report in Section B put forth two additional sites of university history for contextualization:

  • Stained-glass windows in Ventress Hall, for which the committee recommended adding a plaque dedicated to the sacrifice of the University Greys;
  • Confederate Cemetery and related projects, for which the committee recommended adding individual gravestones to recognize the sacrifice of each person known to be buried there as well as a marker in an appropriate location to recognize the men from Lafayette County who served in the Civil War in the U.S. Colored Troops.

These two additional sites were not included in the original Phase II charge and therefore were not formally open to public input.  To reinforce the importance of community engagement and input, public input was formally sought via an online submission form from July 6–31, 2017, prior to taking any action related to these items.  With the public review and comment period complete and having received very positive feedback, Chancellor Vitter has accepted these two additional sites of university history for contextualization.