Racial reckoning turns focus to roadside historical markers

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Racial reckoning turns focus to roadside historical markers

From ABC News by Mark Scolforo, Associated Press

Pennsylvania is undertaking a comprehensive examination of the stories told by its 2,500 roadside historical markers

Pennsylvania had been installing historical markers for more than a century when the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 brought a fresh round of questions from the public about just whose stories were being told on the state's roadsides — and the language used to tell them.

The increased scrutiny helped prompt a review of all 2,500 markers by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a process that has focused on factual errors, inadequate historical context, and racist or otherwise inappropriate references.

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