What are we celebrating?

Happy Thanksgiving from The Kudzu Project! Early this morning, we installed knitted kudzu on the University of Virginia's statue of George Rogers Clark, who is touted as the "Conquerer of the Northwest." Depicted on horseback, Clark is surrounded by six figures on the ground. The three men at the rear of the horse are members of Clark's party, armed with rifles and a cask of gunpowder. They are described in the UVA Alumni News as "Indian hunters prepared to aid (Clark)." At the head of the horse are three Native Americans: two men and a woman protecting a cradleboard. One of the men stands defiantly in front of Clark while the other remains on the ground, knife in hand. According to the Alum

Contextualizing Confederate Monuments

On Wednesday, November 14th, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors was presented with a petition signed by nearly 600 citizens demanding the removal of the Confederate statue in front of the county courthouse. The 1909 monument was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy during their campaign to rewrite Civil War history by promoting the "Lost Cause" narrative. The placement of this statue in front of the courthouse is particularly offensive because it valorizes the racist ideology of the Confederacy and undermines the principle of equal justice under the law. Virginia law prohibits localities from removing, disturbing or interfering with Confederate monuments. However, County

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