No Meeting With Sons of Confederate Veterans
As troubling as the news is coming out of the Museum of the Confederacy the thought that management would even consider meeting with representatives of the Sons of Confederate Veterans is mind-boggling. I would rather see the museum close its doors permanently than hand over its rich collection of artifacts to a group that would use it to fashion a narrow and self-serving historical account. I have not heard one word about what qualifies this organization to run a museum. Does anyone really believe Frank Earnest when he says that "We [SCV] will take whatever steps necessary to maintain…the integrity of the Museum of the Confederacy." If the SCV is serious about helping than they should take steps to raise funds and organize activities that will help the museum’s financial situation and site problems.
I’ve stated numerous times on this blog just how much I value the MOC’s work as both a teacher and historian. Their educational programs challenge our basic assumptions about the Confederacy and their collection has been used to create the best in Civil War exhibits. Perhaps the SCV would like to get their hands on the museum as a way to challenge the new American Civil War Center at Tredegar, which they must find horrifying given its emphasis on the role of race and slavery as defining features of the war.
I do hope that these stories about a possible meeting with the SCV turn out to be false.