The events in Charlottesville and the subsequent debates regarding the treatment of monuments and memorials to Confederate leaders and heroes has contributed to further divisions within our society. Many of our communities are grappling with these issues and seeking ways to bridge the divides.
Occasionally, the Council learns of initiatives that might be of interest to a wide swath of our membership and this is one of them. Our intention is to generate awareness in case this might be of interest to you. With this in mind, we are hosting a member call to share plans underway by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for a national campaign for an African American Cultural Heritage Fund. Rather than focus on tearing down monuments and memorials, the campaign will emphasize the need to recognize overlooked but significant sites and important places that expand the American narrative. As a part of this initiative, the Trust could also provide assistance to communities seeking to create participatory processes for imagining new public monuments reflecting contemporary narratives.
This campaign and fund is very much a work in progress and would benefit from feedback of those might be interested in possibly supporting such an initiative. Join Stephanie Meeks, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to learn more about the campaign.