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Panel discussion “Monuments, Memorials, Markers: In the Museum and the Community: A (Virtual) Conversation,”

The panel discussion “Monuments, Memorials, Markers: In the Museum and the Community: A (Virtual) Conversation” will take place on November 19, 6:00 pm, EST via Zoom:

This panel discussion will focus on ways to redress the continuing devastation caused by the trans-Atlantic slave trade and institutional racism through monuments, memorials, and markers. Speakers will highlight local initiatives planned by Celebrating the African Spirit (CAS), a community organization with a mission to honor the contributions of enslaved Africans and their descendants to the building and growth of the City of Poughkeepsie.

Panelists include CAS co-founders Carmen McGill, Kalimah Karim, and Katherine Hite (Vassar Professor of Political Science on the Fredrick Thompson Chair), as well as Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center curator Mary-Kay Lombino. In addition, renowned sculptor Vinnie Bagwell, who created the new Sojourner Truth statue adjacent to the Walkway Over the Hudson in Highland, NY, will discuss that project and reflect on other works that foreground African American history.

This conversation is co-sponsored by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, and Celebrating the African Spirit.

The program is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Monumental Misrememberings: Photographs and Statues of Contested Historieson view at the Loeb through January 10, 2021. The exhibition addresses the building and dismantling of public monuments, which has a long history that stretches across the globe. Featuring a significant new sculpture by Kara Walker, the exhibition contrasts two small versions of larger statues that call into question the authority and validity of monuments that celebrate imperialism. Also on view is a slide presentation of recent photographs that document citizens in various cities protesting, defacing, or destroying monuments that are seen as symbols of historical oppression. Monumental Misrememberings is meant to promote dialogue around past events as well as current political aspirations.  For more information, visit

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, November 16, 2020