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October 21, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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VIRTUAL CORNING AUTHOR SERIES: Civil War Monuments & White Supremacy with Connor Towne O'Neill

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Join author Connor Towne O'Neill for a presentation on his latest book, Down Along with That's Devil Bones: A Reckoning with Monuments, Memory, and the Legacy of White Supremacy, via Zoom. O’Neill’s journey onto the battlefield of white supremacy began with a visit to Selma, Alabama, in 2015. There he had a chance encounter with a group of people preparing to erect a statue to celebrate the memory of Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the most notorious Confederate generals, a man whom Union general William Tecumseh Sherman referred to as “that devil.” After that day in Selma, O’Neill, a white Northerner transplanted to the South, decided to dig deeply into the history of Forrest (a slave trader and first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan) and other monuments to him throughout the South, which, like Confederate monuments across America, have become flashpoints in the fight against racism. Connor Towne O’Neill works as a producer on the NPR podcast White Lies, a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Audio Reporting. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and teaches at Auburn University and with the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project. O'Neill's writing has appeared in New York magazine, Vulture, Slate, and elsewhere. Down Along with That Devil's Bones is his first book. Sponsored by the Corning Foundation. Presented in collaboration with Libraries Working Towards Social Justice.

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