Missouri curators reject interpretive Thomas Jefferson sign

MU Jefferson Statue

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri Board of Curators has rejected a proposal to add contextual information to a statue of Thomas Jefferson on the Columbia campus.

The curators voted 7-1 Thursday to disregard a task force recommendations that came after Black students and organizations pushed to have the statue removed because Jefferson owned slaves. Board members who voted against adding a 300-word sign near the statue said it was not a good way to clearly explain Jefferson’s life.

The curators also rejected a proposal to add a Legacy Walk to acknowledge the role slaves had in building the university.