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Tuesday, August 4th
12 — 1 p.m.
History of Confederate Monuments on the SC State House Grounds
Free for HC Members
$5 for Non-Members
Virtual Access Only
The Civil War is the most-remembered historic event among the monuments on the state house grounds. But the eight Confederate monuments also commemorated the end of Reconstruction and its empowerment of Black citizens. This presentation will go beyond the Lost Cause to investigate the many motivations for both past and present for these monuments and more.
Lydia Mattice Brandt, PhD is an architectural historian and an associate professor at the University of South Carolina. She is the author of numerous books and articles on the role of history in popular visual culture and architecture. Her forthcoming guidebook to the SC state house grounds (published by University of South Carolina Press, spring 2021) is the only comprehensive history of the remarkable state capitol building and landscape. A preview of her research is available via Historic Columbia’s online tour of the State House Monuments.
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