Event Details

  • Start Date 05/01/2024
  • End Date 03/08/2024

This 8-day event will kick off at 7:00 pm ET on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, with the opening dedication ceremony and installation of the Atonement Flag, a two-sided American flag created by Dawn Flores from fabric patterns designed from photographs of graffiti from the Confederate monuments that were taken down. One side of the flag is upside-right, denoting our perfect union, and the other side is upside-down, representing the pain, oppression, and unhealed wounds from racial injustice. The piece will be accompanied by three other assemblages that reference the Civil War.

The event will also include Funeral of a Nation, a 30-minute musical essay created by Grammy award-winning songwriter Harold Lilly and filmmaker Keith Nixon, Jr. It was produced by Hardcover. The premise of this short film is to engage the viewer in a conversation to humanize, empathize, and sympathize with past, present, and future race relations. 

Sylvia Clute will have a book signing of her most recent work, Unitive Justice: Bending the Arc of Justice Toward Love.

A voter registration table will be available.

Other activities include:

Sunday, May 5, 11:00 am ET, The Role of Grief in Healing: A Conversation with Rev. Valorie Kay Gunsch and Dawn Flores

Wednesday, May 8 – 7:00 pm ET – Closing Burning Bowl Ceremony

The Atonement Flag exhibit may be viewed Daily, 11:00 am-4:00 pm ET; and Sunday, Noon to 4:00 pm

All events are FREE and open to the public. Caution: Some material deals with racial violence and may be upsetting to some visitors.