- Associated Press - Saturday, October 21, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Local citizens will help decide the future of a Confederate statue outside a Mississippi courthouse.

The Oxford Eagle reports Lafayette County supervisors are forming a five-person committee to consider what, if anything, to do with the statue. The stone soldier has stood outside the county courthouse, on the Oxford town square, since 1907.

Confederate monuments are under scrutiny across the South.

The University of Mississippi added a plaque to give historical context about a Confederate soldier statue on campus, about a mile from the one by the Lafayette courthouse.

Lafayette County supervisors asked the Mississippi attorney general’s office in September whether they have authority to move the statue. A legal opinion written by Deputy Attorney General Mike Lanford said the statue can be moved but must stay on county-owned property.


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