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This is the first critical reading of the monuments, museums, parks, and streets dedicated to the black struggle for civil rights.The creation of memorials dedicated to the civil rights movement is a watershed event in the commemoration of southern and American history, an important reversal in the traditional invisibility of African Americans within the preservation movement. Collective memory, to be sure, is certainly about honoring the past - whether it is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthplace in Atlanta or the memorial to Rosa Parks in Montgomery - but it is also about the ongoing campaign for civil rights and the economic opportunities associated with heritage tourism.Owen Dwyer and Derek Alderman use extensive archival research, personal interviews, and compelling photography to examine memorials as cultural landscapes, interpreting them in the context of the movement's broader history and its current scene. In paying close attention to which stories, people, and places are remembered and which are forgotten, the authors present an unforgettable story.As Dwyer and Alderman illustrate, there are reasons why memorials are not often located at the traditional core of civic space - City Hall, the Courthouse, or along Main Street - and location seriously affects their public impact. As the authors reveal, social and geographic marginalization has accompanied the creation and promotion of civil rights memorials, calling into question the relative progress that society has made in the time since the civil rights movement in America began.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781930066830
ISBN-10: 193006683X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 172mm x 15mm)
Pages: 244
Imprint: Center for American Places,US
Publisher: Center for American Places,US
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Owen J. Dwyer

Owen J. Dwyer is an associate professor of geography at Indiana University at Indianapolis. Derek H. Alderman is an associate professor of geography at East Carolina University. Their articles and essays on civil rights memorials have appeared in numerous books as well as in "Professional Geographer," "Social and Cultural Geography," "Southeastern Geographer," and "Urban Geography."