The History Department will host the 27th Frank Klement Lecture, entitled “The Horse’s Tail: Iconoclasm in Revolutionary New York,” on Monday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Beaumier Suites BC in Raynor Memorial Library. The event will feature Dr. Wendy Bellion, award-winning professor of American art history at the University of Delaware.
At a moment in our history when Americans are rethinking whom we should memorialize and what monuments should be removed, Bellion provides helpful historic context. Her lecture addresses the removal and destruction of a huge statue of King George III in New York City on July 9, 1776, by a crowd of patriots. She considers how this revolutionary act, and the surviving pieces of the monument, were reinterpreted in the 19th century as part of a national founding myth.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. J. Patrick Mullins, Marquette’s public history director.