‘Dr. Green to provide more context into the broader movement of the removal of Confederate monuments’

Alabama professor to speak at UHV History Day on April 23

VICTORIA, Texas – An Alabama professor and historian is studying how more Confederate monuments were removed in 2020 than previous years, as protests and conversations continue throughout the country about those removals.

The University of Houston in Victoria will hold their second annual UHV History Day on April 23, hosted by the UHV history program, where the Victoria community can learn more about the removal of the monuments. Hilary N. Green is an association professor of history at the University of Alabama and a Vann Professor of Ethics in Society. Beginning at 6 p.m. via Microsoft Teams, she will be the main speaker at the program and will deliver the lecture “Confederate Monument Removals: Contextualizing the Post-George Floyd Moment.” Following the lecture, there will be a question-and-answer portion. There is no pre-registration required, and the event is free and open to the public. The UHV history program will have the link to attend the event posted to their web page.

“The UHV history program is honored to have Dr. Hilary N. Green speak at our second annual lecture series,” said Laura Mammina, UHV assistant professor of history. “Dr. Green is a distinguished historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction-era United States. In addition, she has done groundbreaking work on the history of Confederate monuments and monument removals. Her talk is sure to be enlightening and engaging for UHV students, faculty and staff as well as the wider Victoria and Katy communities.”

The community was invited to a talk featuring a Columbia University history professor back for the inaugural event in 2020. The professor wrote a nonfiction book about a Victoria resident born into slavery, who later became a successful Mexican entrepreneur. The UHV history faculty wanted to feature another historical topic of interest to the community this year, according to Associate Professor of history Joseph Locke.

“While most of our History Day events are for UHV students, our community lectures are an opportunity for more people to come out and learn about important topics of discussion,” Locke said. “We invited Dr. Green to provide more context into the broader movement of the removal of Confederate monuments because the topic is on the minds of people in the community.”

Dr. Green is an association professor of history in the department of Gender and Race Studies and American Studies at the University of Alabama. While being on leave at the university, she works at Davidson College in North Carolina for the 2020-2021 academic year as a Vann Professor of Ethics in Society. She is also working with the faculty and members of the college’s Commission on Race and Slavery.

Green received her bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College in history with minors in Africana studies and pre-healing arts. She earned her master’s degree in history from Tufts University and a doctorate in history from the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill. Intersections of race, class and gender in African American history, the American Civil War, Reconstruction, Civil War memory, the U.S. South, 19th century America and the Black Atlantic are included in her research and teaching interests.

Currently, Green is working on a book exploring how African Americans remembered and commemorated the Civil War. So far, she’s the author of “Educational Reconstruction: African American Schools in the Urban South, 1865-1890,” as well as articles, book reviews, encyclopedia entries and chapters on several Civil War and history books.

Her lecture’s focus will be on the removals of Confederate monuments and the history of the removal of these monuments, such as mapping where the removals are taking place, the legal process of removing them and the time frame of the removals.

Green started this project in 2020 after a push to remove monuments was made after the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The amount of removals increased after the death of George Floyd in May. The reporting of the how many monuments were being taken down was undercounted due to the quick increase of removals. Other than the U.S. other countries were putting efforts into removing statues of figures involved in the slave trade and colonialism.

“This is a global movement, and everyone is connecting this action to George Floyd’s death and injustice,” Green said. “We are still seeing these monuments come down and communities grappling with these monuments, and we are seeing so many differences in the landscape of these communities. These monuments went up at the beginning of the 1900s, and we are now seeing them removed just as fast.”

To promote the history program at the university and help students understand the type of career fields, research and projects that are possible with a history degree, UHV created History Day. Go to www.uhv.edu/arts-and-sciences/undergraduate-programs/history to attend the “Confederate Monument Removals: Contextualizing the Post-George Floyd Moment,” lecture or to learn more about the UHV history program.

Shown in the pictures are Dr. Hilary N. Green, UHV Assistant Professor of history Laura Mammina and Associate Professor of history Joseph Locke.