In honor of Black History month, we hope you will join us virtually as we broadcast live the authors lecture of Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts on their pivotal work, Denmark Vesey’s Garden – Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy. This sold out event will be broadcast on Drayton Hall’s Facebook page at 2 pm on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2 pm. If you would like to join us, you can proceed to our Facebook page from any logged-in device and when scrolling down the page you will see “Drayton Hall is live” just click on the arrow to hear and see this talk.
More about Denmark Vesey’s Garden:
A book that strikes at the source of the recent flare-ups over Confederate symbols in Charlottesville, New Orleans, and elsewhere, Denmark Vesey’s Garden reveals the deep roots of these controversies and traces them to the capital of slavery in the United States: Charleston, South Carolina, where almost half of the slaves brought to the U.S. stepped onto our shores, where the first shot at Fort Sumter began the Civil War, and where Dylann Roof murdered nine people at the A.M.E. church which was co-founded by Denmark Vesey, a black revolutionary who plotted a massive slave insurrection in 1822.
As early as 1865, former slaveholders and their descendants began working to construct a romanticized memory of the antebellum South. In contrast, former slaves, their descendants, and some white allies have worked to preserve an honest, unvarnished account of slavery as the cruel system it was.
Examining public rituals, controversial monuments, and competing musical traditions, Denmark Vesey’s Garden tracks these two rival memories from the Civil War to recent decades – when a segregated tourism industry reflecting these opposing visions of the past took hold in the popular vacation destination. Denmark Vesey’s Garden exposes a hidden dimension of America’s deep racial divide, joining the small bookshelf of major, paradigm shifting interpretations of slavery’s enduring legacy in the United States.