Living Monuments

Memorials to America’s slave society must go for a simple yet overlooked fact: they are redundant

We Shall Overcome: An image of George Floyd is projected upon the equestrian statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo illustration by Rufus)
History Being Written…by the Losers:: Marius Jean-Antonin Mercié’s sculpture of Robert E. Lee is unveiled in Richmond in 1890. (Benjamin Andrews / Public domain)
Let He Without Sin Be Raised Above All Others:: An empty plinth might be the best, and safest, kind of monument if we read human history from present to past. (Photo by Scott Hewitt on Unsplash)
Political Art Begets Political Art:: Creating a direct connection between himself and the pharaohs of Egypt, Caesar Augustus used obelisks to enhance his status and emphasize his ancient, royal lineage. Rather than demolishing them, the popes of Christian Rome sanctified these “pagan” monuments, and graced them with bronze crucifixes to make them useful public symbols of Christianity’s triumph over paganism. (Photo by Alex Holyoake on Unsplash)

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