What is an appropriate monument for the city of Philadelphia? That is the question Paul Farber and Ken Lum, curators of Monument Lab, a public art and history project coproduced by Mural Arts Philadelphia, invited twenty artists to consider through the medium of temporary installations at ten outdoor sites in the city this fall.
This comprehensive public history project aims to serve as a national public reckoning with mass incarceration by viewing the issue through local communities.
Recent excavations at Wye House, where Frederick Douglass was enslaved, demonstrate how archaeology is both contributing to new scholarly understandings of the African American experience and becoming a more public enterprise.
Over the last year, a commission in Baltimore has wrestled with the presence of Confederate monuments in the city. In this month’s feature, Elizabeth Nix (pictured above with the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument) reflects on her service on the commission.
Chloe Taft’s book From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial City opens new avenues for evaluating the redevelopment of the massive steel manufacturing site in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, following the plant’s shutdown in 1995. In the years leading up to the 2009 opening of the Sands Casino in that spot, MARCH invested in the effort to realize an historical interpretation of the site.
Sharing Baltimore’s history is essential work, necessary to make sense of the past, present, and future and to both understand and negotiate the racial divides that still mark every street corner and corner store in the city.