Mascots, Myths, Monuments, and Memory Saturday, March 3, 10 AM–5 PM EST National Museum of the American Indian & National Museum of African American History and Culture
View of American Nazi Party demonstrating against desegregating Washington Redskins before game vs New York Giants outside of District of Columbia Stadium. Washington, DC 10/1/1961. CREDIT: Neil Leifer (Photo by Neil Leifer/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images)
Mascots, Myths, Monuments, and Memory
Saturday, March 3, 10 AM–5 PM EST
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Oprah Winfrey Theater 1400 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC
In light of events such as the demonstrations at Charlottesville, the controversy over the name of the Washington, DC football team and the debate over the fate of Confederate statues, the Smithsonian has organized a national symposium that explores the politics of memory and the conflicting interpretations of America’s past. The symposium, Mascots,Myths, MonumentsandMemory, will examine the history and contested memory of racialized mascots, Civil War monuments, and other public memorials.
Hosted by theNational Museum of the American Indianand theNational Museum of African American History and Culture, the symposium will bring together scholars, activists, elected officials, artists, and other stakeholders, such asIbram X. Kendi,Bree Newsome, andthe Honorable Mitchell J. Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, to examine the social and psychological impacts on affected communities in the United States and around the world.