This statue, placed on top of a bricked over well, became the site of fascination and research for me in the fall semester of 2015. In the following months, I researched and wrote about it. And then researched and wrote about it some more. After a full academic year of sitting with it, I still wasn’t satisfied. Today, two years later, I’m still digging and even more fascinated.
In the coming months, I plan to review the events surrounding the erection of the statue (and its eventual relocation) and begin to focus in on what I find so intriguing about it. I am interested to see what wider applications and insights this will bring, particularly considering the current national debate on Confederate memorials across the country.