How the Monuments Came Down explores Richmond’s complex history through the lens of Confederate monuments, supported by an extensive visual record never before presented in a single work.
In the summer of 2020, demonstrators filled the streets to protest against systemic racism following the murder of George Floyd. How the Monuments Came Down reveals the historic roots of competing traditions of white supremacy and Black resistance in Richmond since the end of the Civil War. Through personal stories from descendants and history-makers the film uncovers how Confederate monuments came to shape Richmond’s landscape and why protestors demanded they come down.
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