Round-table discussion on removal and reassessment of monuments and statues

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MARQUETTE-- Across the country there are hundreds of monuments and statues dedicated to events and people that have defined our nation's history. In recent events, it has become a major debate whether the monuments are offensive and should be taken down or placed somewhere else or to keep them as is.

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center hosted a round-table discussion tonight titled, "Historical Monuments: Removal and Reassessment" to take a look at some issues regarding this topic and even how it impacts us in the U.P. 

Daniel Truckey, Moderator says, " Well I think it's a national issue though, that's going to affect people locally too because this isn't something that's going to go away anytime soon.
There's going to be an increase call for reassessment of historic monuments all over the country.
Why it's important, not only just to talk about it but also kind ot to try to have a dialogue about how should we approach this angle in the future."

Two NMU professors were part of the discussion with different backgrounds. Dr. Rebecca Mead, Professor of History shared some of her experiences from growing up in the south and what these statues mean to the people in that area, while Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Associate Professor of Native American Studies shared how some current monuments and land has been taken over, which originally belonged to the Native Americans. 
 


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