In 1781 just days after the British surrender in Yorktown, Virginia ended the Revolutionary War, the Continental Congress passed a resolution to erect a monument to mark the occasion. However, the Monument to Victory and Alliance (commonly known as the Yorktown Victory Monument) was not built until a century later, when its construction became part of a project to cement national unity after the fractures of the Civil War.
This event considers the Yorktown Victory Monument and the memory of the American Revolution in the South. Speakers will discuss how the battlefield became a landscape of shared memory and unravel the complex ways that the monument uses symbolism to tell a story about the history that took place there. The event features Dr. Vivien Green Fryd (Professor Emerita at Vanderbilt University), Dr. Thomas Chambers (Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Canisius College), and Linda J. Williams (Park Ranger at Yorktown Battlefield at Colonial National Historical Park).
“The Lives of Monuments” series is organized by National Park Service Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Emma Silverman, and it is made possible by the National Park Foundation with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.