Focus on Confederate monuments

The Kudzu Project is participating in a symposium at the University of Virginia on April 19-20, 2018. Organized by the Department of Religious Studies, Toppling Monuments: A symposium on history, memory and the power of images, will address perspectives on iconoclasm from antiquity to the present with a special focus on the recent debates about Confederate statues. The Kudzu Project will be part of the Thursday evening session held at Harrison Auditorium from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. On April 11, Katie Couric's documentary series America Inside Out premiers with an episode about Confederate statues and the white supremacist protests in Charlottesville last summer. Charlottesville residents were trea

The times they are a-changin'

Remember when The Kudzu Project vinebombed Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton, Virginia? Our flash installation on the school sign called attention to an issue that this small city in the Shenandoah Valley has been grappling with for several years - whether to change the name of the high school and if so, to what? On March 23, the Staunton News Leader published an editorial endorsing the name change and offering five suggestions for new names. Each possibility has a strong connection to Staunton, from the first black city councilwoman, Rita Wilson, to Willis M. Carter, who was born a slave and became a teacher, civil rights activist, journalist and statesman, to Francis Collins, who decod

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