CPCRS Research Fellow Charlette Caldwell is writing a white paper surveying the historiography of civil rights heritage, challenging how we conceptualize and research “sites” in terms of Black heritage. Introducing her research, Caldwell explains: “How to approach the preservation of black heritage sites relies on understanding what constitutes a ‘black heritage site’ and that these places extend well beyond the physical built environment into other modes that address the legacy of civil rights for black Americans. Civil rights sites are about correcting and adding to already established historical narratives. It is important that we celebrate the triumph in preserving civil rights sites, but also acknowledge that there is more work that needs to be done in processing the legacy of civil rights for the present day.”


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Black Bottom Memorial Wall
Andrea Zemel, 1999

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