The always worthwhile Edward Rothstein has spent the past week visiting various museums, plantations, and other sites in South Carolina. In his latest piece he explains the evolving missions of institutions like Charleston’s Confederate Museum and says some are doing better than others at keeping current. The most moving thing to me was the slave’s embroidered sack in the slide show. I visited Arlington House last week and can attest that similar efforts are underway there as well. The Park Service is doing great work telling the wider, more complicated history of the Lee-Custis estate and giving voice to the previously voiceless.
An earlier Rothstein piece, “Emancipating History,” is worth your time as well.
For heaven sakes read them now before the Times makes them part of its Digital Subscription Plan.