The waving of the Confederate Truce Flag, a linen dish towel, signaled the end of the U.S. Civil War and signified the promise of Black freedom. Yet, by 1877, this symbol and what it represents had largely been forgotten. What can this seemingly simple piece of fabric tell us of a failed promise of reconciliation and of a truce and peace we are still seeking?Read More
In her final installment of her three-part series, Monument Lab Graduate Student Researcher Hilary Malson discusses how counter-narratives are documented all around us if we just stop and lookRead More
In her second installment of her three-part-series, "Contested Memory," Monument Lab Graduate Researcher Hilary Malson (UCLA Urban Planning, PhD Student) delves into how archival fragments, historical fiction, and a search of the past can shed light on narratives of place and knowing that have been absent from recorded history, but were always present.Read More
“Syncopation” is the first essay in a three-part series by Monument Lab Graduate Researcher Hilary Malson in which she seeks to engage with work from theorists on contested memory and diasporic black geographies. In this piece, Malson examines silence as an action in the production of history.Read More
In our national conversation on the power that Confederate monuments hold in public memory, there is one dynamic discussion that has fallen off the radar. How are we facing the void of black monuments? Monument Lab Graduate Researcher Hilary Malson explores Black geographies and the question of Monuments.