As national debate continues on the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials that many contend represent white supremacy, the Atlanta History Center will host a panel discussion called “Confederate Memorials: De-Mythologizing the Iconography of the South” on Sept. 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Margaret Mitchell House, 979 Crescent Ave., in Midtown.

This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged at this link. Speaker bios:

Speakers will include Dr. Regina N. Bradley, a writer and researcher of African American life and culture; James A. Crank, an Assistant Professor of American/Southern Literature and Culture at the University of Alabama; Dr. Maurice J. Hobson, an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University; and Erich Nunn, an Associate Professor of English at Auburn University, where he teaches American Studies, with an emphasis on the literature and culture of the South. Read more about the speakers at this link.

The Atlanta History Center launched a Confederate monuments initiative in the wake of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in 2015. A key component of the iniative is the online Confederate Monuments Interpretation Guide, a tool to help communities put these monuments in historical perspective and foster dialogue about their future. The guide has received renewed interest following the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.