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Historical Memory

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Unveiling ceremony of Confederate monument, Salisbury, North Carolina, 1909 Sometimes people wonder why the Confederate monuments matter? As if getting rid of them will end racism! No one argued that, but they matter a lot because there is a war over public memory of the...
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New York Slave Market

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On April 16, 2015
The first slave auction in New Amsterdam in 1655, painted by Howard Pyle, 1917 Glad to see New York City finally acknowledging its long history as a slave market. The city's slave market stood at the corner of Wall and Pearl Streets and operated from...
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While I am usually in favor of keeping statues and other public monuments to horrible racists up and then interpreting them, naming major buildings or public works projects is a whole other thing. That's certainly true of Selma's Edward Pettus Bridge. I didn't know who...

Remembering Lynching

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On February 10, 2015

The Equal Justice Initiative has researched a new history of lynching, documenting nearly 4000 lynchings in the South, including attempts to find the precise locations where they took place. The.

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