Andy Taggart speaks on controversial blackface yearbook photo

The photo shows the MS Attorney General candidate while in college, 40 years ago.

Andy Taggart blackface pictures

RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) - An old yearbook photo of Andy Taggart has resurfaced as he kicks off his campaign for state Attorney General. The photo shows two men wearing blackface, but Taggart is not.

“It’s a snapshot and it’s not a snapshot of my life or my heart, or choices that I’ve made since then,” said Taggart.

The photo was taken in 1979, when Taggart was a senior in his early 20s at Mississippi College.

Taggart is seated at the table, the second man from the left side of the photo.

He said that he doesn’t remember the skit or play that was taking place at the time.

“I wouldn’t have remembered this one but for the photograph, had it been brought to my attention. I will say that it’s inappropriate. I very much regret being photographed in that scene,” said Taggart

At his office in Ridgeland, Taggart explained that the photo doesn’t reflect his character or lifelong values.

“I’ve been a strong, vocal and lifestyle proponent of the dignity and respect that ought to paid to every person and every Mississippian. I think my life’s action in the 40 years since I left college have demonstrated that,” said Taggart.

As he continues to navigate through his campaign, Taggart said his past shouldn’t determine his future.

“Frankly, I don’t think any of us should be held to all the decisions we made all in high school or college as we try to determine what our path forward ought to be,” said Taggart.

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