Alan Rice’s book on slavery memorials
Alongside others in a roundtable discussion, I reviewed enthusiastically Alan Rice’s excellent book Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic in Journal of American Studies 46 (1) (2012).
The images are of an interesting memorial by George Bissell in Old Calton burial ground, Edinburgh. Ostensibly it is in memory of 5 named Scottish-American soldiers who had fought in the American Civil War. However, on top is a statue of Abraham Lincoln and at the bottom a bronze life-sized figure of a slave promoting a more specific anti-slavery message. Unveiled in 1893 it bore no traces during my recent visit of being marked today by forms of memorialisation, such as those I describe at the new Bomber Command memorial.