I continue to have mixed feelings about monuments on indigenous land, whether or not they mark the site of injury of indigenous and Black folks. The feelings are mixed. This monument looks beautiful and I hope to be at the dedication if and when it is announced. There are many Sims statues to be torn down, altered. There are many narratives of history to relearn, unlearn. This is, perhaps, one way to do so.
This whole deal makes me think about the novel Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy. What do we do with narratives of our past that were harmful? Do we render it to alter the course of our future? In which case, what do monuments that mark the site of Black injury do for Black future? We already know what Sims’s statue marked.
See Vinnie Bagwell’s mockup at the link over at ArtNews