Implementation of Plaques

UM History and Context Plaques Ceremony

Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts

March 2, 2018      11 a.m.


Welcome, Chancellor Jeffrey S. Vitter

Keynote Address, “Crossroads” by John R. Neff, associate professor of history and director, Center for Civil War Research

Introduction of plaque readings, Katrina Caldwell, vice chancellor for diversity and community engagement

Reading of the plaques, Student Ambassadors

  • Longstreet Hall:  Austin Spindler
  • George Hall:  Courtney Cone
  • Lamar Hall:  Kelly Slater
  • Barnard Observatory:  Brittany Brown
  • Tiffany Stained Glass Window in Ventress Hall:  Nekkita Beans
  • Enslaved Laborers:  JuWan Robinson
  • Alternate:  Genevieve Halington-Verville

Closing remarks,  Alice M. Clark, interim vice chancellor for university relations

Reception, Ford Center Lobby

Shuttles available to/from Ford Center to plaque sites 

Student Docents

Longstreet Hall:  Megan McCleod and Kelsea White

George Hall:  Tim Steenwyk and Caroline Tiner

Lamar Hall:  AJ Davidson and Victoria Robinson

Barnard Observatory:  Jarrius Adams and Gabe Brisco

Stained Glass, Ventress Hall:  Malerie Lovejoy and Dariel Wicks

Enslaved Laborers:  Terrius Harris and Seth Dickinson

On December 5, 2017, UM announced that it would hold a ceremony to unveil the contextualization plaques recommended by the CACHC.

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.