Disrupting the Lost Cause Narrative (University of Richmond)

3 p.m. PT | 6 p.m. EST | RSVP here

In 1890, a 21-foot-high statue of Robert E. Lee, the first Confederate on what became Monument Avenue, was installed in Richmond, Virginia. Four other monuments on the avenue, symbols of Lost Cause ideals, came down this past summer after protesters took to the streets. Today, the Lee Monument is the last Confederate monument standing due to current litigation – but it has been transformed by paint and community activism. Dr. Lauranett Lee, historian and member of the Monument Avenue Commission, and Brian Palmer, Peabody Award-winning journalist, will speak about memorialization, protest, and healing in the former Capital of the Confederacy. University of Richmond students studying Monumental Change with Dr. Nicole Maurantionio, associate professor of rhetoric and communications studies, will then lead us in conversation.

Hosted by the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement


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