Christy Coleman, director of the American Civil War Center, wrote three words in bold letters across the whiteboard: HISTORY, HERITAGE, MEMORY. An attractive brown-skinned woman and the only one in the room wearing high-heeled shoes and a business suit, she was a former actress who knew how to engage her audience.
“History,” she said, tapping the word on the board, “is what actually happened. Heritage is what a community has chosen to embrace and what tells that community why it should care. Memory,” she said as she walked to that side of the board, “is the intimate, individual connection to the story. It is the oral narrative in your immediate circle, your family.
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