Reckoning with Racist Monuments

February 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Salem Athenaeum—Online
Suggested Donation: $10-$15
The Athenaeum will host multiple programs in 2021 to create opportunities for community education and conversations about reckoning with systemic racism in our communities.

The first of these will be a panel discussion to talk about the purpose of monuments and how their meaning may change over time. Questions to be will addressed will include:

Who decides who/what to memorialize in the first place?

What makes a memorial racist and eligible for removal?

What do you do with these “retired” monuments?

Our speakers:

Dr. Kabria Baumgartner — Associate professor of English and American Studies at the University of New Hampshire, historian of nineteenth-century African American life and culture in the United States, and author of the award-winning book, In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America.

Dr. Sarah Beetham — Chair of Liberal Arts and Assistant Professor of Art History at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, specializing in American art and particularly the monuments erected to citizen soldiers after the Civil War.

Dr. Emily Murphy — Curator of Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site.

Additional details to come.


PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held online via Zoom.

Registration closes 45 minutes before the program start time.

The link for the event will be sent to all registered participants 20 minutes before program start.