James Meredith Statue Vandalized

AP Photo/The University of Mississippi, Robert Jordan, File

Oxford, Miss. A $25,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest of two people involved in sullying the James Meredith statue at the University of Mississippi.

Chancellor Dan Jones asked the university's Alumni Association to offer the reward for help in finding two men seen early Sunday near the statue, which commemorates the 1962 integration of Ole Miss.

University officials say the men draped a noose and an old Georgia state flag on the statue. The men also were heard shouting racial slurs.

Jones condemned the action Monday in a statement as "contrary to the beliefs and values of the university community."

He says the university's response will be an "even greater commitment to promoting the values that are engraved on the statue -- Courage, Knowledge, Opportunity and Perseverance."