Contesting the master narrative: The Arthur Ashe statue and monument avenue in Richmond, Virginia

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Abstract

Located at the heart of what was once the capital of the Confederate States of America, Monument Avenue is 'Virginia's place to be recognized by Virginians'. For over a century the Richmond street's commemorative art paid homage to those labelled 'heroes' of the Confederacy, normalising and sanctioning a white, masculine, martial dominance that became increasingly incongruous with the city's demographics. In 1996, the hotly contested addition of a statue of native Richmonder Arthur Ashe, an African American tennis champion, challenged the avenue's master narrative. This project addresses the micro-geographies involved in the debate over where and how to site the Ashe statue and its perceived effects on Richmond's commodifiable sense of self.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1235-1251
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of the History of Sport
Volume28
Issue number8-9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2011

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In: International Journal of the History of Sport, Vol. 28, No. 8-9, 01.05.2011, p. 1235-1251.

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