University in Lafayette County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Lyceum — The Circle Historic District
has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This district possesses national significance in
commemorating the history of the United States of America
On this site, between September 30 and October 1, 1962, a
rebellious mob clashed with U.S. Marshalls and federal
troops. Authorized by President John F. Kennedy, over the
court ordered admittance of African-American student James
Meredith to the University of Mississippi. The riotous event
marked a decisive turning point in the history of public
school desegregation as violent southern massive resistance
declined in the face of federal government enforcement.
Erected 2008 by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 34° 21.918′ N, 89° 32.048′ W. Marker is in University, Mississippi, in Lafayette County. Marker is at the intersection of University Circle and University Avenue, on the left when traveling west on University Circle. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To Our Confederate Dead (here, next to this marker); Ventress Hall (a few steps from this marker); The Old Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lyceum (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barnard Observatory (about 600 feet away); Society Of Professional Journalists Historic Site in Journalism (about 700 feet away); Documenting the Blues (about 700 feet away); Civil Rights Monument (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in University.
More about this marker. The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) adjoins the City of Oxford.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Lyceum–The Circle Historic District. (Submitted on April 23, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Landmarks •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 23, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.