Despite Kentucky’s status as a Union state during the Civil War, the Louisville Confederate Soldiers’ Monument, erected in 1895 by the Kentucky Confederate Women’s Monument Association, is a representative example of Confederate memorialization in the South. Its history through the twentieth century, culminating in the creation of the nearby Freedom Park to counterbalance the monument’s symbolism and its ultimate removal and relocation to nearby Brandenburg, Kentucky, in 2017, reveals the relationship between such monuments and the Lost Cause, urban development, public history, and public memory. Using the Louisville Confederate Monument as a case study, this essay considers the ways in which Confederate monuments not only reflect the values of the people who erected them, but ultimately shape and are shaped by their environments.
The (Im)Movable Monument: Identity, Space, and The Louisville Confederate Monument
Joy M. Giguere is an assistant professor of history at Penn State York. Her first book was Characteristically American: Memorial Architecture, National Identity, and the Egyptian Revival (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2014) and she is currently working on a social and cultural history of the Rural Cemetery Movement in nineteenth-century America to be published by the University of Michigan Press. She would like to extend her thanks to the anonymous reviewers for their indelibly helpful comments in the preparation of this manuscript.
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Joy M. Giguere; The (Im)Movable Monument: Identity, Space, and The Louisville Confederate Monument. The Public Historian 1 November 2019; 41 (4): 56–82. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2019.41.4.56
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