Kids Were Asked What They Think Confederate Monuments Should Be Replaced With—And Their Answers Are Amazing ❤️

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Third-graders from Homer A. Plessy Community School in New Orleans have come up with a multitude of ideas for monuments to replace four Confederate ones that were removed from the city in May 2017.

Prompted by their teacher Aimee Dickerson, and with the aid of the nonprofit organization 826 New Orleans, the kids set about describing their ideas through words and drawings. 

826 New Orleans is a local chapter of 826 National which seeks to, “encourage the exploration of endless possibility through the power of writing,” for students ages 6–18.

Ideas ranged from tributes to New Orlean’s favorites like beignets and crawfish to historical figures Solomon Northrup (abolitionist and the primary author of the memoir Twelve Years a Slave) and civil rights activist Ruby Bridges.   

After the kids finished the project, their proposals were compiled in an actual book they could keep. Though the project was finished last fall, author Daniel José Older recently caught sight of it during a visit to the non-profit and posted images of some of the book’s pages online where Twitter proceeded to extoll its virtues. 

Check out his posts for yourself:

Twitterers couldn’t get enough:

Some commenters had a hard time choosing:

The school and teacher were grateful:

The book is titled Courageous, Eccentric, Diverse: New Monuments for New Orleans, and you can order a copy of your very own here.

H/T: BuzzFeed, Twitter, 826 National


Written by Vanessa Nix Anthony

Vanessa is a freelance-flame-haired-word-ninja-for-hire with a passion for storytelling. Her writing has been featured in The Oregonian, Baltimore Magazine, Oregonlive, KPTV, Metro Parent, and Trulia, among others. She’s the author of the Amazon title, “In Less than a Year,” and her successful Portland-based copywriting agency, The Portland Writer has been helping businesses tell their brand’s unique stories for over a decade. When she’s not writing, cooking, or making magical worlds out of cardboard for her son, Vanessa is hard at work illustrating her forthcoming children’s books or belting out karaoke to favorite 80s or Disney villains tunes. TWITTER: @nessnix, INSTA: @nessnixtony