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Monumental Legacies: An Uncomfortable Guide to Race and Place in Charlottesville

July 15, 2020 | 4pm


Featured Speaker:

Louis Nelson

Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia


In collaboration with our long-time community partners, United Way of Greater Charlottesville, Tom Tom hosted a series of virtual conversations for a weekly exploration into the numerous inequities revealed by Covid-19. Each week, we challenged one another to attempt to answer the critical questions: how did we get here, and where do we go from here?


For the first conversation, we were joined by Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Professor of Architectural History, University of Virginia, Louis Nelson. Using local monuments, Nelson, traced the history of racism in Charlottesville — from the construction of UVA in the early 19th century, to the oppressive regime of the early 20th century, and the various practices of racial mockery that shape our social practices today.


For a more complete background, watch Nelson's full tour of Charlottesville monuments before the recorded conversation. See the video here.


Watch the conversation and Q+A session below:




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