Over the past few weeks, despite so much struggle and suffering taking place across the country, it’s been wonderful to watch these renewed calls for replacing our old, outdated state symbols in favor of something new, inclusive, and forward-thinking for all Mississippians. The movement is gaining momentum, but there’s still more work to do. Which is why I’m proud to join my colleague and fellow historian @william_sturkey on a new series of articles educating the public of Hattiesburg and Forrest County on the long history of Hattiesburg’s Confederate monument, and calling for its relocation — a measure already backed by the City Council. More to come soon from a variety of different Hattiesburg area outlets, but we believe in this effort, and we’re honored to enter into this debate in civil, honest, and most of all, respectful ways.
Watch this space.