Save up to 90% on a Hartford Courant subscription. Click here to sign up now!

University of Mississippi

Ole Miss removes state flag that features Confederate emblem

The University of Mississippi's interim chancellor watched on a rainy morning as three Ole Miss police officers lowered the Mississippi state flag — which shows the Confederate battle emblem in the upper left-hand corner — for the last time.

In taking down the flag Monday, the university removes what officials had decided was a symbol that sent a harmful message in this age of diversity.

"The flag had become a point of contention," interim chancellor Morris Stocks told The Associated Press, explaining why he decided the university should take down the 121-year-old banner.

Stocks said he had met with other university leaders Friday and then...