173 - Confederate Memorials in Parks: Symbols of Heritage or Hatred?

Tuesday, September 26
2:35 PM–3:50 PM

Location: Room RO4

Days: Tuesday, 26 September
NRPA Three Pillars: Social Equity
Track: Leadership & Management
Session Type: Education Session

The events in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 11-12, 2017 sparked a national debate about Confederate monuments in public parks.  Confederate monuments have long been memorialized in parks and public spaces, but the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville gave the entire nation reason to question whether these statues are symbols of heritage or hatred. As stewards of public lands on which these monuments are often located, it is our responsibility to help engage the community in thoughtful dialogue to forge a culture of inclusion and understanding. Nationally recognized panelists will discuss how park and recreation agencies can contribute to the vitally important discussions communities must have to grapple with the decisions being made about the future of these monuments.

CEU Credits: 0.1