Confederate Monuments: Why Take ‘Em Down? What Do We Put Up in Their Place?

What role do Confederate memorials play in American memory, and how does the National Memorial to Peace and Justice seek to correct that memory? Should we preserve or purge Confederate monuments from public spaces?
Lynchburg Virginia Confederate Monument

Students will discuss, listen, research, and discuss the historical and current contextual factors leading to the tearing down of monuments built in honor of Confederate leaders and soldiers and the push to rename schools and institutions with inclusive names that embrace the culture and identity of the students and the surrounding community.  

Teaching Standard
NCSS Themes: 1, 2, 5, 6, 10.
Teaching Area
US History since 1877
US History to 1877
African American History
Grade Level
Downloadable Files
Adena Barnette-Confederate monuments lesson plan.docx
Why Take Em Down Researching the Removal of Confederate Monuments.docx