Stretching Skins & Stories: Taxidermy & the Confederacy as Endangered Species

History

Little Sorrel - Photo courtesy of VMI Museum, Lexington, VA
Little Sorrel - Photo courtesy of VMI Museum, Lexington, VA

Virginia Humanities

145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA

Join Virginia Humanities fellow Nicole Maurantonio, associate professor of Rhetoric and Communication Studies and American Studies at the University of Richmond, for a free public talk on her research exploring memories of the Confederacy in 21st-century Virginia.

This talk will focus specifically on the meanings of the taxidermied body of Little Sorrel — Confederate general Stonewall Jackson’s warhorse — which is on display at Virginia Military Institute’s museum in Lexington.

Reading the revered Little Sorrel as a commemorative object, Maurantonio considers the horse and the practice of taxidermy in relation to contemporary debates surrounding the meanings of Confederate monuments.

This talk is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served.