With a $4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the art studio Monument Lab is creating a database of America’s monuments—including who funded them.
It’s a time of reckoning for American monuments. Over the summer, monuments to Confederate figures became the focus of protests and teardowns in the aftermath of uprisings against systemic racism and police brutality in the United States. The calls and actions to tear down these monuments highlighted the anger that memorials to racist figures have engendered for decades. The protests spurred renewed attention to the skewed histories that monuments can tell.
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