Locating Slavery's Legacies For generations after the Civil War, colleges across the American South opened their campuses to memorials to the Lost Cause of the Confederacy.
The Locating Slavery's Legacies database locates and documents these remnants of slavery’s legacies, yielding insight into their influence on American higher education.
Introducing the Database Project
The Locating Slavery’s Legacies database (LSLdb) contains information about monuments and memorials linked to slavery, the American Civil War, and the Confederacy on American college campuses.
The LSLdb is produced by research teams of instructors and students on campuses across the region. As it grows, this public resource will shed light on the interplay of Lost Cause movements and higher education in the 160 years after emancipation.
The database also includes memorials erected in opposition to the Lost Cause and white supremacy and in support of racial equality and universal Civil Rights. Institutions with deep or recent histories of recognizing African Americans' long struggle for Civil Rights can contribute their campus structures, thereby complicating and diversifying the record of memorialization from the end of the Civil War to today.
Click here to learn more about how the database works and how to use its support resources.
Click here to learn more about the college and university contributors to our project in the pilot year (2022-2023).
Click here to learn more about how to use the database in your teaching and research.
Click here to get firsthand accounts and insights from the contributors to the database.
Explore these items to learn more about how the LSL database works, the kinds of information it contains, and its potential value for the study of your own campus by itself and in comparison with other institutions across the American South. [The banner image atop this page shows the dedication of a memorial to Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith on the campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, on May 16, 1940.]