BOBBY MAGILL

Journalist • Photographer

Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central in New York and a journalist who has covered fracking and the environment in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001. 

Where the Confederacy ain't hard to find

A recent commentary on Salon.com observes that the plethora of historic markers and monuments ubiquitous throughout the South make little mention of the atrocities of slavery. These markers, according to the Salon piece, romanticize the epic battles of the Civil War while doing little justice to the real victims of the war.

Born and raised within a few miles of the site where the first shot of the Civil War was fired on Fort Sumter, I revisited South Carolina last summer and dropped by the State Capitol first time since the Confederate Flag was moved from the Capitol Dome to the Statehouse grounds. Last I heard the NAACP is still boycotting the state because of the flag's prominence on state property.

While there is a beautiful monument to the victims of slavery on the Capitol grounds, few monuments around the building are as conspicuous as the one pictured above. Evidence, it seems, of the truth of the Salon columnist's argument.