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What should Madison commemorate that it hasn’t already?

What should Madison commemorate that it hasn’t already?

What should Madison commemorate that it hasn’t already?

Because you are a regular Cap Times reader, I want to make sure you know about a great discussion we are hosting at the Goodman Community Center on Wednesday, Dec. 5, about historical preservation in Madison.

It’s been a high-profile issue here for more than a year, since Mayor Paul Soglin ordered the removal of an official plaque honoring Confederate soldiers buried in the publicly owned Forest Hill Cemetery.

In April, the City Council voted to remove a second monument in the cemetery that named those dead and during that debate, Ald. Shiva Bidar said there are many other historical portions of the cemetery that aren’t officially designated: “There is plenty of history of Madison that one could have signs for and put in context.”

That remark raises an interesting, much broader question — what should Madison commemorate that it hasn’t already? — and the Cap Times has pulled together an excellent group to discuss it. City government reporter Abigail Becker will moderate the panel, whose members are:

  • Oscar Mireles, executive director of Omega School and Madison’s current poet laureate
  • Michelle Robinson, research, data and policy associate for Race to Equity
  • Missy Tracy, municipal relations coordinator for Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison
  • Mai Zong Vue, president of the Hmong Institute

This free Cap Times Talk will take place in the Evjue Community Room at the Goodman Center, 149 Waubesa St,, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Afterward, city of Madison staff will conduct small-group listening sessions for those who want to stay to gather input for the city’s Historic Preservation Plan.

If you do plan to come, please RSVP on our Facebook event page to help give us a sense of how many people will be there and to help promote the event. (For those of you who don’t use Facebook, though, please know that this isn’t required.)

Chris Murphy

Managing Editor

The Cap Times