Memory in Place, Part 1 on Art Practical

My article, “Misplaced Memorials, Preservation and Civil Rights” was just recently published in Issue 7 of the new Bay Area arts journal, Art Practical. This contribution is my first in a three-part series of essays loosely titled, Memory in Place in which I examine how site contains and conveys collective histories and memories of events, including public artworks and political action. “Misplaced Memorials, Preservation and Civil Rights” was conceived of during my time in Greensboro, North Carolina. In this essay I look to the transformation of the F.W. Woolworth’s Department store, the site of the first sit-ins during the Civil Rights Movement into the International Civil Rights Museum and Center as a means of exploring the function of monuments and most importantly, how we can memorialize something as important as the fight for racial justice without regulating it to a thing of the past. You can read it in full here.

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