Memory and Memorial Markers

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 9, 2010 by tugster

Since seeing the cenotaph

to the 20 sailors who died in Canton, China in 1856, I’ve found myself reflecting on memorials and memory

on the one hand, and absence of memorials/official markers and social amnesia on the other. The Canton cenotaph was almost lost in the weeds in a way that mirrors our society’s recollection of the US involvement

in the Opium Wars they were engaged in. However, although we mostly know of the ironclad USS Monitor constructed in Brooklyn, there seems to be no historical marker indicating the location of the Continental Iron Works, where the Monitor was built.