On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., historian Kevin Levin, will talk about “Confederate Monuments and the Memory of Slavery.”
There are more than 700 Confederate monuments in America’s public spaces, along with hundreds of schools, streets, and communities named for Confederate icons. Mr. Levin will discuss the historical origins of these monuments — their connection to “Lost Cause” remembrance of the Civil War and the Jim Crow era of the 20th century — and how the divisive current debate over their future connects to our nation’s memory of slavery.
The event will be held at the Royall House and Slave Quarters at 15 George Street, Medford, and is free to Royall House and Slave Quarters members. General admission is $10.
On-street parking is available, and the museum is located on the 96 and 101 MBTA bus routes. Please email director@RoyallHouse.org for more information or visit RoyallHouse.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
About the speaker: Kevin Levin has blogged at Civil War Memory for more than a decade. He has taught history on the high school and college levels, and is the author of Remembering The Battle of the Crater: War as Murder and editor of Interpreting the Civil War at Museums and Historic Sites. Mr. Levin’s current book project is tentatively titled Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth. His writings have appeared in The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, and Education Week.
About the museum: In the eighteenth century, the Royall House and Slave Quarters was home to the largest slaveholding family in Massachusetts and the enslaved Africans who made their lavish way of life possible. Architecture, household items, and archaeological artifacts bear witness to the intertwined stories of wealth and bondage, set against the backdrop of America’s quest for independence. The Slave Quarters is the only remaining such structure in the northern United States, and the Royall House is among the finest colonial-era buildings in New England.
– Submitted by Tom Lincoln, Royall House Director