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Renee Deanne Ater
University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Contemporary Monuments to the History of Slavery: Race, Memorialization, Public Space, and Civic Engagement

Research, writing, and development of a digital monograph on the design, construction, and changing meaning of contemporary monuments to the history of slavery.

My digital publication investigates how we visualize, interpret, and engage the slave past through contemporary monuments created for public spaces. In the past twenty-five years, there has been an upsurge in the building of three-dimensional monuments that commemorate the Middle Passage and slavery, the resistance to enslavement, the Underground Railroad, the participation of black soldiers in the Civil War, and emancipation and freedom. From Mississippi to Illinois to Rhode Island, governments (local, county, state), colleges and universities, individuals, communities, and artists are in difficult conversations about how to acknowledge the history and legacy of the slave past and its visual representation for their towns, cities, states, and higher educational institutions. These monuments and conversations are the subject of Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past: Race, Memorialization, Public Space, and Civic Engagement.

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Project fields:
African American History; Art History and Criticism; U.S. History


Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018