Our Civil War’s “Sacred Cows”

Most people here know that I am a big fan of American Civil War Center Director Christy Coleman. She is a passionate advocate for Civil War history and the city of Richmond. More importantly, Christy is an advocate for the healing power of history and its potential to bring communities closer together. The recent news that Christy and Waite Rawls of the Museum of the Confederacy are joining forces to open a new Civil War museum in the city means that we will be hearing much more from her in the coming months.

This is a talk that Christy gave back in September as part of a local TED talk in Richmond. The video was made available on YouTube yesterday. Enjoy.

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3 comments… add one
  • Betty Giragosian Nov 27, 2013 @ 17:04

    Christy Coleman is outstanding!!!!! I hope that people will open their minds, be wiling to share the MOC collection in the interest of broadening knowledge for all. This is a new day that is refreshing and promising.

    • Kevin Levin Nov 28, 2013 @ 2:42

      It’s important to keep in mind that the individuals and organizations that have expressed concern have had absolutely no influence on the public history scene in Richmond. None.

  • Buck Buchanan Nov 27, 2013 @ 15:27


    Missed this years but looking forward to next years.

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