A noose around his neck. The old Georgia flag draped over the body. Now authorities are reacting swiftly to vandalism of a statue of James Meredith in Oxford.
The Ole Miss Alumni Association is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, according to a press release.
A spokesperson for the University of Mississippi wrote the college's police department first received reports of the vandalism on Sunday.
That morning two men were spotted by the statue of James Meredith - the student who broke the color barrier there in 1962.
The men were reportedly heard shouting racial slurs. The only clothing description is that one of them was wearing camouflage pants.
At the request of Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones, the university's alumni association is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to their arrest.
Assistant to the Chancellor for Multicultural Affairs Don Cole gave the following statement: "This is particularly painful because the James Meredith statue has become a gathering place for students to discuss many things, including the tenets of our creed, which calls for dignity and respect for all people."
NEWS CHANNEL 12 spoke with James Meredith by phone on Monday evening. He is declining to comment on the situation.
He recently put out what he's calling "The American Child's Education Bill of Rights" which calls for a full curriculum, fair funding, and more parental involvement.