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What can or should Monuments communicate? We better start thinking about this because we’re going to have a lot of empty plinths to fill.
Literature, music, architecture and art are some of the ways we evaluate civilizations. When we evaluate we have the responsibility to reassess with the clarity of distance and facts. This is such a moment. We suddenly, unexpectedly have an extraordinary opportunity to enshrine the legacies of courageous Americans who represent our best selves.
A more complete history of America needs to be told. Not just the history of white men, especially not treasonous generals of the Lost Cause. In theory, town squares commemorate citizens who epitomize the highest qualities of civic engagement.
Victors write history. You won’t find statues to Hitler in Germany. Roman Emperors frequently smashed the noses on the marble sculptural portraits of the previous Emperor. No longer do Popes, Kings, nor the Daughters of the Confederacy, who commissioned many of the Confederate soldier statues in the 20th century, dictate permanent public memorials. In our democracy, we the people, who believe that we are stronger together when we embrace our diversity – we should decide this time.
So how are we going to fill all those empty plinths?
Statues of individuals, specifically women and people of color who have largely been written out of history, need to now grace the prominent central squares of our cities and inspire all our citizens.
There should be national sculpture competitions, harnessing the best American artistic talent. Set up a commission, allocate federal funds, artists across the country compete, submit proposals and have the local communities select the winning statues.
We’re only seeing a fraction of the American story– now is the time to publically honor the enormous contributions and accomplishments of women and people of color to tell a more complete whole American History. #monument #memorial #ushistory #blacklivesmatter #womenshistory #nmwa #art #sculpture #socialjustice #breastfeedingart