I read this article recently and have been thinking about it in the context of the reckoning around Monument Ave and Confederate monuments in general.
Racial reckoning turns focus to roadside historical markers
Across the country, historical markers have in some places become another front in the national reckoning over slavery, segregation and racial violence that has also brought downCivil War statues and changed or reconsidered the names of institutions, roads and geographical features.
Do you stop to read historical markers? Do you know who created them and why? Is there a historical marker that you’ve seen that stands out for you?
1919 marks 400 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to North America. Our history is forever entwined with this event. The history of slavery is the history of America. Much of this nation was built on the backs of slaves.
Read this piece for a bit of history.
1619: 400 years ago, a ship arrived in Virginia, bearing human cargo
I read a startling article last week that made me a bit angry and I spent quite a bit of time thinking about how to construct a commentary that described why the study of history needs to be multifaceted. Our founding fathers were not unidimensional, and they were not perfect. We must teach about all sides of our past and tell a more accurate story. I’m grateful that someone much more knowledgeable than me wrote an incredibly thoughtful response.
When you have some time, please read the article and the response.
Will History Only Remember the Founders as Slaveowners?
An open letter to White people who tire of hearing about slavery when they visit slave plantations: especially Suzanne Sherman.