Visual and Performance Artist Richard Lou

I Wanted to Be a Tank Commander, of All Things

Richard A. Lou is a visual and performance artist and professor of art at the University of Memphis. Before serving as a panelist for “What Kind of Monuments Do We Deserve?,” the second program in the Mellon Foundation-supported series “How Should Societies Remember Their Sins?,” he joined us in the green room to talk about hammerhead sharks, the monuments of his childhood, and the family history he’s turning into a graphic novel.

Civil Rights Historian Daphne Chamberlain

Run to Your Passion

Daphne Chamberlain is an associate professor of history and the vice president for strategic initiatives and social justice at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi. Before serving as a …

There’s Power—and Promise—in Talking About Monuments

Doing Better By Future Generations Starts With Breaking Today’s Culture of Silence

“I get the feeling some people don’t want this conversation to happen,” said historian William Sturkey during last night’s public program at Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Mississippi.

The framing question …

The Union Army Regiment That Survived Andersonville

Defeated and Humbled in Battle, the 16th Connecticut Volunteers Gained a Measure of Redemption by Enduring a Year in a Brutal Confederate Stockade

More than 40 years after the Civil War ended, machinist George Q. Whitney, formerly a private in the 16th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, helped to dedicate a monument to his …

How the South Recast Defeat as Victory with an Army of Stone Soldiers

Confederate Monuments to Nameless Infantrymen Were Less About Celebrating History Than Reestablishing Social Order

Monuments to Robert E. Lee and other Confederate leaders have long been controversial, but monuments to nameless Confederate soldiers, those lone stone figures in public places, are far more …