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Rumors of War

 
 
Rumors of War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Jason Fountain, December 26, 2019
1. Rumors of War Memorial
Inscription.  
Rumors of War

Kehinde Wiley
2019

 
Erected 2019 by Kehinde Wiley.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 37° 33.391′ N, 77° 28.434′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Memorial is on North Arthur Ashe Boulevard (Virginia Route 161) south of Stuart Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond VA 23221, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Robinson House (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Robinson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Park Lane (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Soldiers' Home (about 600 feet away); Residential Life at R. E. Lee Camp, No.1 (about 600 feet away); Virginia Historical Society (about 600 feet away); The Home For Needy Confederate Women
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(about 600 feet away); Confederate Memorial Chapel (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sculpture Created by Kehinde Wiley for VMFA. An article about the sculpture from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.) 

2. Rumors of War. Wikipedia article (Submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.) 

3. 'Rumors Of War' In Richmond Marks A Monumentally Unequal America. National Public Radio article from June 25, 2020 (Submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.) 

4. Rumors of War. Times Square Arts article from 2019 (Submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.) 

5. Kehinde Wiley: Rumors of War | The Art Scene. YouTube video about the unveiling in Times Square (Submitted on July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. About the statue
This sculpture was erected as commentary about the Confederate memorials in the City of Richmond. It is a war memorial of an African American male with intentional anachronisms, such as ripped jeans and sneakers.
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It was initially unveiled in Times Square in New York, but has since been moved to the grounds of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, not far from the headquarters of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

The memorial itself shows commentary of memorials as examples of what we value as a culture. Also, it brings to light the lack of representation of African Americans as historical figures.
    — Submitted July 14, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2020. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 14 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 14, 2020.

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