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Memory (Hole) Project celebrates Market Street Park without Gen. Lee
(Daily Progress) More than five years after torch-wielding protesters gathered around the Robert E. Lee statue that once stood at Market Street Park, bringing the statue removal debate to its boiling point, UVa’s Memory Project is redefining the space and rectifying its history.
The Memory Project premiered its 30-minute documentary “Unveiling: The Origin of Charlottesville Monuments,” at Market Street Park, formerly Lee Park, on Saturday evening. Attendees occupied Market Place park on blankets and lawn chairs and Memory Project representatives served popcorn at sunset.
“Aren’t you glad a murderous traitor isn’t here to look down on us?” said Jalane Schmidt, executive producer and director of the Memory Project, associate professor of race and religion at the University of Virginia and host for the evening.
The documentary-style film presented archive photos and articles — including some published by The Daily Progress dating back to the 19th century—in addition to the input of five Black Charlottesville residents…Read the rest