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Region, Race, and Memory: Inheriting the Civil War

Fort Pillow State Park

Region, Race and Memory is a public conversation focusing on how people have remembered the Civil War, and whether their identity has shaped those memories, and, thus, the meaning of the Civil War to different individuals. The two major pieces under discussion are Robert Penn Warren’s The Legacy of the Civil War and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?” It is facilitated by Dr. Charles McKinney, University of Memphis.

The conversation will be part of the Fort Pillow 150th Commemorative event.  Additional components include a temporary exhibit on Emancipation and reconstruction, scholarly lectures, book presentations on the history of the United States Colored Troops and service to honor those who lost their lives at Fort Pillow on April 12, 1864.

The conversation begins at 11am at the Fort Pillow State Park in Henning, TN.

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