Podcast 126: Brian Palmer

Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond’s East End, 2018

Over the past thirty years, Brian Palmer has worked at various jobs around the globe as a journalist, filmmaker, photographer, and teacher. He is based in Richmond now, but he is originally from the northeast, where he attended Brown University. Since then, he has covered news in places as diverse as China and Iraq.

Recently, Brian published an article, “The Costs of the Confederacy” in Smithsonian, which examines how public dollars have been used in the South to fund “heritage” projects and their warped take on slavery and the Civil War. Brian’s fascination with history, our racial past, and public memory has served him well as he fights a new battle to reclaim an African American cemetery in Richmond’s East End.

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