SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Central Park's New Gate of the Exonerated Prompts Reflection on Parks as Stages for Racism
by Amanda Martin-Hardin
Since at least the 19th century, White authorities have attempted to remove and exclude Black people from park landscapes, and fears of crime or disorder have been weapons in that effort. Honoring the falsely convicted teens in the Central Park Jogger assault is a step toward more inclusive open spaces.
In the “Bramble” of Central Park, a Showdown Over Nature and Race
by Douglas C. Sackman
The viral video of the confrontation between birder Christian Cooper and dog walker Amy Cooper in Central park illuminates how nature and race have been constructed in America, giving privileged access to some while turning others into eternal trespassers.
SOURCE: City Journal
Richard Gilder’s American Legacy
Howard Husock argues that the late Richard Gilder's work with the Central Park Conservancy showed the benefits of using private philanthropy to preserve public parks instead of government programs, and praises Gilder's support for the study of American history.
Historians Raise Concerns Over Central Park’s Suffragist Monument
“If Sojourner Truth is added,” the letter reads, “it could obscure the substantial differences between white and black suffrage activists, and would be misleading.”
Controversial Monument to Women’s Suffrage Redesigned to Include Sojourner Truth
The abolitionist and women’s rights activist will join Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in the proposed Central Park sculpture that had previously been accused of racism and whitewashing history.
SOURCE: History channel
For the First Time, Central Park Will Honor Real-Life Women
The honorees are Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, whose statues will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, with which many women won the right to vote.
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