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Next month, LVA’s Common Ground Virginia History Book Group meets virtually to discuss the September Weinstein Author Series title, No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice by Karen L. Cox. This 2021 book traces the history of Confederate monuments and their origins in the white supremacist ideology of the “Lost Cause.” No Common Ground documents how monument building—and anti-monument sentiment—reflect the state of race relations in the post-Civil War South.

Following Karen L. Cox’s talk on September 14, the Common Ground book group meets virtually on Tuesday, September 21 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM. This event is free, and registration is required. In preparation for our discussion, we’ve highlighted some Library of Virginia’s items related to the history of Confederate monuments, Civil War commemoration, and anti-monument dissent in the American South.

LVA Articles & Blog Posts

Virginia State and Local Records

Digital Collections

  • Library of Virginia Digital Collections
    By searching the Library catalog for the subject “Monuments–Virginia” and selecting only digital images, you can browse photographs across many different dates and collections.
  • Virginia Chronicle
    Many dedication ceremonies were covered in the Richmond Times-Dispatch or local papers, many times a complete or partial transcript of the speeches given were included.
“Inquiring Reporter.”

Norfolk Journal and Guide, May 15, 1971, p. 10.

External Resources

Further Reading

Header Image Citation

Hillman, Benjamin J. Monuments to Memories; Virginia’s Civil War Heritage in Bronze and Stone. Richmond: Virginia Civil War Commission, 1965. Print. -pp. 13

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