August APA MN Brown Bag Lunch Seminar: Interpreting History through Monuments - Who gets to Decide?

APA Minnesota Chapter


Tuesday, August 13, 2019
noon - 1 p.m. CDT

Richfield, MN, United States

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In mid-April 2018, Saint Paul resident Dan Cornejo, a city planner and urban designer, participted in the National Conference of the American Planning Association in New Orleans.  At the conference, he participated in workshops about the debates and eventual decision to remove several Confederte monuments there.

Following the conference, Dan traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to participate in the April 26 opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.  This monument honors the 4,400+ African-Americans who were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950.

With a short presentation including photos and video, Dan will use these experiences to speak about the intersection of monuments and the power of place, symbols, and visual memory.


Dan Cornejo

For over 45 years, Dan Cornejo has worked as a city planner/urban designer in the U.S. and Canada in a variety of urban, suburban, and rural settings in diverse cultural and community situations. After an extensive career in the public sector (including serving as Director of Planning and ... Read More

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