In Fall 2020, MU Chancellor Mun Choi convened a task force to consider ways of "recontextualizing" MU's Jefferson statue without removing it from public display.
According to The Maneater, Choi instructed task force members to “approach making recommendations with the recognition that removal of the statue is non-negotiable.”
“To be clear, the decision for the statue to remain on Francis Quadrangle will not be reversed," Choi wrote in his introductory email to the group.
In January 2021, the task force presented a report to Choi recommending the creation of "a commemorative wayside sign ... with language
explaining why the Jefferson statue is present on the MU campus, as well as summarizing Jefferson’s accomplishments, and also his shortcomings, including his role as a slaveowner and the father of children by an enslaved person he owned."
In June 2021, UM System curators Darryl Chatman, Maurice Graham, Todd Graves, Greg Hoberock, Jeffrey Layman, Robin Wenneker, and Michael Williams voted against the task force's recommendations for contextualization. Curator Julia Brncic voted in favor of contextualizing the statue.
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