Court: No special status for Confederate group over symbols

Published: Sep. 4, 2018 at 4:29 PM CDT
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A state appeals court says a Confederate heritage group has no special status to try block the University of Mississippi from adding historical context to Old South symbols.

Sons of Confederate Veterans sued the university in September 2014 in chancery court, weeks after Ole Miss announced it was distancing itself from these images on the Oxford campus.

The school renamed a street that had been called Confederate Drive and installed plaques to provide historical background, including on a Confederate soldier statue.

A chancery judge moved the lawsuit to state circuit court, and a circuit judge dismissed it in March 2017.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld the dismissal, saying Sons of Confederate Veterans has no greater interest in the university's actions than anyone else in the general public.