There are three narratives that have come to define our Civil War sesquicentennial. They include the story of the black Union soldier, along with emancipation, as the dominant narrative as well as the rise of the Civil War in the West and guerrilla warfare. The last one has to be the steady retreat of Confederate symbols such as the flag and other references in public places. You can’t review the news without coming across an article and it is happening at a steady pace from Virginia to Mississippi.
Throughout the South public institutions are taking steps to remove or move Confederate Battle flags for reasons that are obvious to folks who understand its long history from the Civil War to Civil Rights and beyond. It looks like you will soon be able to add the The Danville (Va) Museum of Fine Arts & History, which is located in the Sutherlin Mansion. The museum flies the Third National Flag above the home. Why does this matter? Well, after the evacuation of Richmond on April 2, 1865 Jefferson Davis and his full cabinet conducted business from this home and is considered by some in the area to be “The Last Capital of the Confederacy.” The museum proposes to only fly the flag on special occasions.
“We believe this plan lays the groundwork for many encouraging and fulfilling years ahead in the arts, culture, humanities, Danville’s history, education facilities, new partnerships, inclusion and community engagement,” said Past Board President Barry Shields.
Seems like all of these stories are about inclusion.