Beverly Bond and Susan Eva O'Donovan on how to commemorate the violence of Reconstruction: "But how to make this happen was a puzzle. Because this was a first-of-its-kind program, we had no model to fall back on. We didn’t have the advantage of the acres of battlefield parks and marbled statuary that can be used … Continue reading Bond and O’Donovan on Remembering the Memphis Massacre of 1866 | @ProcessHistory
Beverly Greene Bond
DIGITAL: Memories of a Massacre: Memphis in 1866
"This project is designed to call public attention to an event that rattled Reconstruction-era Memphis in May 1866. The first large-scale racial massacre to erupt in the post-Civil War South, the massacre in Memphis played a key role in prompting Congress to enact sweeping changes to federal policies and to constitutional law. It also lent a new urgency to an ongoing national debate about the meaning of freedom and the rights of citizens. It was a massacre of historic proportions, one that helped lay the ground for who we are today as a nation....