Welcome to our flashback to late 2017. the Women in Archaeology speak with Cheryl Fogle-Hatch about one hot topic: What and who’s history gets to be preserved, and how? How does preserved history get interpreted today and for the future? What lessons are we learning from monuments standing today?
Listen to diverse opinions on the topic just three years ago. Your assignment is to ponder how these ideas relate to the Black Lives Matter movement that is inspiring change across the world. Please reflect on what has or hasn’t changed over the past three years, and how you feel about the arguments presented.
We recognize this episode can incite a range of emotions, and with that, we are hoping to bring these old discussions to light today to help facilitate conversations that must create sustained change.
As we move through these historic times, the Women in Archaeology will be reposting some of our early, thought-provoking episodes in the coming months to reflect upon. Follow our blog and participate in community discussions to enact real change.
New statues can replace the old ones, building community. Our cover photo features the dedication of the statue of Maggie Lena Walker by the National Park Service in Richmond, Virginia. Read about the dedication here, and more about her legacy here.
Old Show Notes
Racist memorabilia museum (yes, this actually exists): https://ferris.edu/jimcrow/
2015 statement and history of Baltimore’s Confederate statues: https://baltimoreheritage.github.io/civil-rights-heritage/confederate-memory/
Afua Hirsche’s article on the argument for toppling statues: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/22/toppling-statues-nelsons-column-should-be-next-slavery
An article of the times: oh how things have changed. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-monuments-found-20170817-story.html
Just four? Year 2020: hold my beer. https://baltimoreheritage.org/preservation/baltimore-took-four-confederate-monuments-comes-next/
Dr. Rosemary Joyce’s well thought out article on the social impact of these monuments: http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2017/08/16/losing-the-past-or-changing-the-future-archaeologists-and-modern-monuments/