Stories at the Crossroads
Thanks to all who came out to our event, Stories at the Crossroads, yesterday! It was a fun evening of history, art, and of course, storytelling. A special thanks goes out to our wonderful speakers, including Nic Aziz, John Hankins, Sunni Patterson, Rebecca Snedeker, Phoebe Ferguson, and Tilman Hardy. And a special shoutout to our MC, Chris Lane!
It was great to see so many people interested in Paper Monuments' driving question: "What is an appropriate monument to our city today?" The discussion about which historical narratives are represented in our public spaces is vital, both for remembering the narratives that have created our communities today, and for choosing which narratives we want to represent in the future.
The event included many ways to engage with the work Paper Monuments is doing. Besides our invited storytellers, the first three posters of our series on New Orleans history were up! These posters feature graphics from local artists and short written narratives from historians and community members. Many attendees also filled out our Public Proposal forms, on which they described a monument they would like to see built in New Orleans. Others signed up for our email list and canvassing initiatives, the first of which will be meeting this Saturday, September 30th from 5:30 - 7:30pm, meeting at the Community Book Center. You can reach out and find out more here.