How Would You Caption This Photograph?

Back in September 2017 the city of San Antonio, Texas removed its Confederate monument in Travis Park. It now looks like city workers are removing its base to make room for a new monument or something else entirely. It’s a striking photograph that is open to multiple interpretations, depending on your particular stance.

Confederate Statue in San Antonio, Texas

So, go ahead and share your preferred caption or headline for this photograph in the comments section below.

Teachers: This is an exercise that would work really well in the classroom as a way to begin discussion about this difficult subject.

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15 comments… add one
  • Stephen Pope Jun 3, 2018 @ 4:20

    History is like sausage, the making is messy and many lovers do not want to know how it is accomplished.

  • Bryce Hartranft Jun 3, 2018 @ 4:33

    History has no irrevocable claim on the present.

  • Ted McKnight Jun 3, 2018 @ 9:56

    ?Los hombres gordo que trabajas para el pendejo Alcalde?

  • Claudia Gibson Jun 3, 2018 @ 10:24

    We write history based on continuous reevaluation and reinterpretation of our past.

  • Neil Hamilton Jun 3, 2018 @ 10:40

    “The old foundation of fear and repression must be torn down and replaced with a new foundation based on freedom and equality.”

  • Brooks Simpson Jun 3, 2018 @ 12:22

    Away with the cornerstone of the Confederacy.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 3, 2018 @ 12:34

      I think we have a winner, but perhaps we should wait on Ken Noe. đŸ™‚

  • Ken Noe Jun 3, 2018 @ 17:03

    All I have is that it reminds me of my county constuction job…one guy working and three watching.

    • Kevin Levin Jun 3, 2018 @ 17:20

      This is a close one, Ken.

  • Ratherdrive Jun 3, 2018 @ 18:12

    “Finally. Civic sanity returns”

  • Joyce Harrison Jun 4, 2018 @ 4:51

    I don’t have a caption, but it would be an awesome cover photo for a book.

  • HankC Jun 4, 2018 @ 8:49

    “Whack a monument – $1 a hit”

  • andersonh1 Jun 4, 2018 @ 12:18

    So much for “It belongs in a museum”.

  • Jamie Bain Jun 5, 2018 @ 4:10

    “Digging for a deeper perspective.”

  • Paineite Jun 5, 2018 @ 14:28

    “Only 1728 still to go !! “

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