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The Kudzu Project featured prominently in a cover story on craftivism in the January 17 edition of Charlottesville's news and arts weekly publication, Cville. The article, titled Fabric of a Resistance, described the evolution of The Kudzu Project from a guerrilla knitting installation on the statue of a Confederate soldier in Charlottesville, to a series of "flash installations" on Confederate monuments throughout Virginia. Writer Erin O'Hare accompanied The Kudzu Project as an embedded reporter during installations at the Nelson and Amherst County courthouses. O'Hare interviewed the founders of The Kudzu Project and knitters who contributed to the project. She also spoke with Sandra Markus

State holiday begs the question...why are we still celebrating the Confederacy?

Today is Lee-Jackson Day in Virginia. State offices and courts are closed although schools, libraries and state-licensed liquor stores remain open. Evidently, a holiday celebrating Robert E. Lee's birthday (January 19) has been recognized in Virginia since 1889. In 1904, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's name was added in order to recognize his birthday (January 21). Is is any wonder that the period when these holidays were introduced aligns with the activities of the United Daughters of the Confederacy? It was the UDC that was primarily responsible for disseminating the "Lost Cause" narrative valorizing the Confederacy and erecting many of the Confederate monuments found throughout Virginia.

Welcoming 2018 with The Kudzu Project

The Kudzu Project celebrated the first day of 2018 with two "flash installations" of knitted kudzu on Confederate monuments in front of courthouses in Lovingston and Amherst, Virginia. Photographs of the installations were added to The Kudzu Project's website, expanding the Rogues Gallery of kudzu-draped Confederate statues and memorials. A lone strand of knitted kudzu was left behind at each location, symbolizing growing awareness of the role Confederate memorials play in perpetuating false narratives about the Civil War and white supremacy. The statue of a Confederate soldier was erected at the Nelson Country Courthouse in 1965, ostensibly to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Robert E.

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