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One Day a Year is Far From Enough

After the removal of the Columbus statue in Marconi Park, Philadelphia declared changing Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day without consulting Indigenous groups in the city. Cities must work in collaboration with Native leaders and Indigenous communities to create meaningful changes in civic spaces, curricula, and cultural institutions. 

Philly Knows Freedom is Timeless

Freedom is timeless. 

Li Sumpter writes about the importance of reclaiming Philly's time, place, and history—for the people, by the people. 

A Letter to My Peers

Absences speak loudly.

TK Smith interrogates the relationship between power and representation in an open letter on monumental silence in the face of systemic violence. 

Everything is in Motion: A Conversation with Beatriz Cortez

Beatriz Cortez's multidisciplinary work on migration and memory destabilizes notions of permanence.

Multiple temporalities collide to create space for a future defined by collaborative, intergenerational, and interspecies care. 



Autoarchaeology: Decolonizing Christiansborg Castle in Accra, Ghana

Decolonizing cultural heritage begins at the trowel's edge.

Autoarchaeology recognizes the importance of the personal and the self in historical and archaeological work, expanding knowledge production to include direct descendants of a heritage site. 

Missing Black Technofossils Here: A Futuristic Tool for Engaging With The Past

Quentin VerCetty, 2020 Monument Lab Fellow, walks us through Missing Black Technofossils Here, an afrofuturistic, a/r/tographic project that affirms the presence of past, present, and future African Canadians.