We welcome you to join us for our virtual symposium, November 18 and 19, 2021.

By convening a number of scholars and practitioners deeply engaged in different aspects of preservation work, this symposium will address the varied needs for advancing the urgency of preserving sites, stories and organizations representing the heritage of civil rights in the U.S.

The historic preservation field finds itself in a moment of intense introspection, critique, and change. While the traditional preservation methods of listing, legal protection, architectural, and restoration still have their place, other, emergent methods of interpretation, management, storytelling, community engagement and adaptive reuse are urgently being explored. 

The heritage of civil rights takes many forms. They include iconic sites already recognized as heritage places as well as vernacular buildings, cultural landscapes, and other ordinary places shaped by civil rights struggles and triumphs. Civil rights preservation efforts challenge existing conceptions of “site” and is inspiring change in the practices acknowledging, interpreting and preserving heritage places.