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Conference: Memory, Monuments, and Memorials
April 28 @ 11:30 am - April 29 @ 5:00 pm
Monuments, memorials, and historical memory have been much in the news over the last year. In Charlottesville in August 2017, white supremacists rallied to oppose the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. The tiki-torch-brandishing crowd paraded through the city chanting, “You will not replace us; Jews will not replace us.” These slogans chillingly alerted Jews and African americans alike that neo-Nazi ideology is once again targeting anyone not considered “white.” With their common histories of racial discrimination, Jews and African Americans share an urgent need to confront this resurgence.
This year’s annual Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina is partnering with the College of Charleston’s African American Studies Program, the CLAW program, and the Charleston chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History to shine a light on the history of minority exclusion and white supremacy in South Carolina, the monuments that enshrine public memory, and the ethics of cultural tourism.
The conference’s featured keynote speaker is Israeli-American architect Michael Arad, designer of the 9/11 monument in New York City and designer of the proposed Mother Emanuel memorial in Charleston. Numerous other public figures and local historians will be contributing to the conference.