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Charlottesville Civil War Monuments:

Do They Hold Significance for Today's Society?

Presented by University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE)

Date:        January 20, 2013

Time:        2:00 PM

Location: The Haven, 112 West Market Street


In Charlottesville, Civil War monuments play a very prominent role in defining the landscape. Often displayed in parks or in front of buildings, these grand monuments invite us to reflect on Charlottesville’s unique southern history. While many have become comfortable and perhaps even immune to their presence, others are deeply troubled by their underlying implications.

At the Festival of the Book in the spring of 2012, Vice-Mayor Kristin Szakos questioned the relevance of these Civil War monuments, specifically the Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park and the Stonewall Jackson statue in Jackson Park. She questioned whether we, as a community, should begin to hold conversations about our history, how we see ourselves, and whether these monuments represent that history.

During this dialogue, which is intended to be the first of several conversations, panelists will address the question of the significance of the Civil War monuments in Charlottesville. Facilitated small group conversations afterward will allow for all views to be expressed and heard.  


Mr. Lacy Ward, Jr.

Director, Robert Russa Moton Museum


Mr. John M. Coski

Historian and Vice-President for Research & Publications, The Museum of the Confederacy


Light refreshments will be provided immediately following the event.