109th ACSA Annual Meeting Proceedings, Expanding The View

Camp Barker Memorial: From Object to Urban Mediator

Annual Meeting Proceedings

Author(s): Katie MacDonald & Kyle Schumann

Located in northeast Washington D.C., the Camp Barker Memorial responds to the landscape of American monuments that valorize performance in battle, instead taking form as a series of spatial markers which convey a complicated history. The memorial was designed and commissioned in early 2017, before the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville heightened national attention to the sustained symbolism of Confederate Civil War monuments, and completed in mid 2019, before the global Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. The project’s development corresponds with a period when the role of Civil War monuments is being reconsidered and advocates for the significance of counternarratives.


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