The Confederate Statue Question

date Monday, 10 April 2017 time 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

👤 Jessica Unger 🏢 National Portrait Gallery atrium


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Albert Pike is the only outdoor statue of a Confederate general in D.C. - but he is depicted in civilian garb to highlight his role as a Mason (Photo by Cliff.)

After the Civil War, a plethora of Confederate monuments and memorials sprung up across the former Confederate states — and some other surprising places. How have these monuments been viewed through the years, and what current efforts seek to challenge their place in the landscape?

This class will explore the topic broadly, but use D.C.’s only outdoor statue of a Confederate military officer, Albert Pike, as a case study. After covering the history of Confederate statuary, we’ll take a short field trip to the Albert Pike statue near Judiciary Square.


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