A Recap of Confederate Heritage Month 2016
Two recent articles have suggested that push back against Confederate iconography and commemoration is waning since the lowering of the Confederate battle flag in Columbia, South Carolina last summer. A number of states and local communities still recognize April as Confederate History/Heritage Month. This also includes the recognition of Confederate Memorial Day. The media focused a good deal of attention on Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s proclamation and subsequent defense of his decision to carry on the practice this past month.
A closer look at just this past month suggests that resistance against public commemorations and/or publicly supported commemorative sites remain controversial. The month began and ended with…
- Annual festival in Berea, Kentucky cancelled over sale of Confederate memorabilia.
- Artwork replaces Confederate monument in Reidsville, North Carolina.
- Confederate flag at Tyler Cemetery (TX) moved.
- Marion County, Florida will relocate its Confederate flags by mid May.
- Efforts in Louisiana’s legislature to prevent removal of monuments in New Orleans stalls.
- Planning commission in Jacksonville, Florida denies Sons of Confederate Veterans permit for flagpole.
- Virginia Senate failed to overturn veto of Confederate monuments bill.
- Confederate symbols removed from hallways below the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
- Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, speaks out publicly against the Confederate flag.
- Historical marker honoring Jefferson Davis was vandalized on the campus of Texas State University.
- Middle Tennessee State University will rename a building named in honor of Nathan Bedford Forrest.
- Charlottesville, Virginia’s city council will likely create a special commission to examine whether to relocate/remove its Confederate monuments.
- High School in Vestavia Hill, Alabama will pay $30,000 to re-brand its “Rebel” mascot.
- The city of Lexington, Kentucky will remove a major Confederate monument adjacent to the campus of the University of Louisville.
And that’s a wrap on your Confederate Heritage Month 2016. See you next year.