CIVIL disobedience monumental RIGHTS
September 4, 2020 – January 3, 2021
An installation of the suite of lithograph prints of Billy Morrow Jackson’s Protest Drawings surrounding a proposed monument of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee by figurative sculptor Edward McCartan. McCartan was one of six sculptors invited in 1935 to submit models for a monument to be erected in Baltimore, Maryland. Laura Gardin Fraser was selected and completed the monument in 1948. It was removed in 2017 after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville – a protest against the decision to order removal of Confederate monuments and memorials from public spaces. The momentum to remove Confederate memorials increased after the Charleston church shooting of 2015, and continues to this day as part of the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd.