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A Community Conversation: The Power of Public Monuments in a Time of Racial Reckoning

Black Lives Matter has ignited public conversation about racial equity and justice. Public monuments have become lightning rods as people take issue with the messages some convey about who we are as a nation and a people.

As calls for the removal of public monuments intensify, what questions should we be asking of ourselves? What impact will today’s decisions have on our national memory, identity, and drive to shape a more just and equitable way forward?

Join us for this timely, virtual conversation on August  24 at 6:00pm. Please register or watch this event on Facebook Live @friendsofthepublicgarden

This is a free event


Renée Ater
Associate Professor Emerita of American Art at University of Maryland and Visiting Professor, Brown University.

David W. Blight
Historian and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, Yale University.

Karen Holmes Ward
Moderator, WCVB Director of Public Affairs and Host of “CityLine.”


Michael Creasey
Superintendent, National Parks of Boston

Sponsored by the Partnership to Renew the Shaw 54th Memorial.