Roundtable

The Rest Is History

Libraries, ruins, and board games.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, February 22, 2019

Civil Rights Memorial, Montgomery, Alabama, 2010. Photograph by Carol M. Highsmith. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

• On board games and progress. (Public Domain Review)

• A visual history of public libraries. (CityLab)

• Revisiting Robert Penn Warren’s letter to white America about the civil rights movement. (NewYorker.com)

• A look at the repatriation requests received by British museums. (The Guardian)

• Discovered: a (looted) Incan tomb. (Phys.org)

• Also found: a black cemetery in Delaware. Finding graves “roughly the size of a desktop on a thirty-seven-acre parcel is like looking for a needle in a haystack.” (Delaware Public Media)

• Bashir Mohamed is trying to use Twitter to uncover the racist histories of his home that he never learned in school. (Global News)

• The importance of black private collectors. (African American Intellectual History Society)

• The origin of the word miscegenation. (JSTOR Daily)

• Saving Heliopolis: “It’s extraordinary that one of the most famous cities of the ancient world is now a ghost of a name. It’s a black hole in our knowledge of ancient Egypt. Heliopolis is the great site.” (Archaeology)

• This week in obituaries: a novelist, a pitcher, a pole vaulter, a popularizer of the expression “global warming,” and Karl Lagerfeld.