Confederacy Statues and Civil Rights Memorials | BU Today

Historian Dell Upton to speak about black liberation and white supremacy tomorrow

Retired educator Abigail Jordan (above) was the driving force behind the long, contentious effort to create this Savannah, Ga., memorial to African Americans on the waterfront where the first slaves arrived in Georgia.

Architecture historian Dell Upton has been studying the landscape of the South for four decades. In the aftermath of last summer’s white nationalist-led violence in Charlottesville, Va., that was sparked by the city’s proposal to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a public park, Upton notes that while Confederacy monuments were erected in public spaces across the South from the 1860s through the 1920s, they were never intended as public…

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