James Meredith Part of Memorial

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The University of Mississippi has added a statute of James Meredith, the first African-American to attend the school, to a planned civil rights memorial.

University officials agreed to the change this week as a compromise with student leaders.

The memorial is expected to be completed by May. The statue of Meredith, who was admitted to Ole Miss amid riots in 1962, will be done by Oxford artist Robert Moorehead.

The 72-year-old Meredith, who lives in Jackson, has been a political maverick over the years. In recent years, he's crusaded to promote literacy.

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