Brian Palmer & Seth Freed Wessler

Smithsonian Magazine - - Contributors -

The duo vis­ited me­mo­rial sites across the South to an­swer the ques­tion: “What is the cost of the Con­fed­er­acy, to our wal­lets and to our democ­racy?” They un­cov­ered how much tax­payer money goes to­ward main­tain­ing spa­ces that ven­er­ate the Con­fed­er­acy and dis­tort the his­tory of slav­ery (p. 54). Palmer is a Rich­mond-based jour­nal­ist and pho­tog­ra­pher; Wessler is a Puf­fin Fel­low at the In­ves­tiga­tive Fund at the Na­tion In­sti­tute, which part­nered with Smith­so­nian to pro­duce this story.

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