Monumentalism & Memorialization

American South

Duration 10 days
Suggested group size 12 - 20 students / 2 Envoys Field Staff
Suggested ages 12 - 18
Experience Monumentalism & Memorialization


Monumentalism & Memorialization: Changing Narratives over Time

American South I

This program dives deep into the significance of monuments and memorials, examining their role in shaping public memory. It delves into the evolution of Monumentalism and Memorialization in the region. Additionally, the program explores the rich culinary heritage of the American South. Through immersive experiences, students learn about Southern cuisine's diverse traditions, visiting local farms, meeting chefs, and engaging with food historians.

“In the land of sweet tea and soulful melodies, the American South weaves a tapestry of hospitality and history.“


“From the magnolia-lined streets to the rhythm of blues, the American South is a symphony of tradition and warmth.“


Impact Statement Everywhere we go, we carry a promise – to engage with respect, act with purpose, and leave a positive imprint. As envoys of our journey is more than travel; Our footprint is light, but our impact is profound, creating bridges of cooperation and mutual growth across the globe.

Day 1

Upon arrival, students are greeted by their Envoys educators, transfer to their accommodations, and convey for a safety briefing and group activity. From there, we head out to explore Little Five Points and have a welcome dinner together, sampling Southern cuisine for the first time.

Day 2

We visit the National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) and then lunch at the Municipal Market where students connect with local vendors. Then, we go on a historical tour led by Eartha Sims. We visit key sites such as MLK’s Birthplace, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the King Center.

Day 3

We visit the historic Apex Museum, showcasing the rich history of the African Diaspora. Then, we go to Montgomery, where we visit the Freedom Rides Museum and engage with a Freedom Rider. Finally, dinner at Dreamland Bar-B-Que, a renowned Black-owned barbecue spot established in 1958.

Day 4

We visit the SPLC Civil Rights Memoria. Next, we explore the Legacy Museum, delving into America's history of slavery, segregation, and injustice. We do a picnic lunch by the Riverwalk, and visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, where a speaker enlightens us on social justice efforts.

Day 5

We ride to Selma, where we visit the Voting Rights Museum, the Brown Chapel AME Church, and the interpretive center at the foot of the Edmund Pettus bridge. We depart in the late afternoon and drive up to Birmingham, where we have dinner before settling into our hotel for the night.

Day 6

We visit Bethel Baptist Church, learning about Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth's key role. Then, a self-guided historical walking tour. Next, we pay respects at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, a poignant memorial to the girls killed in a 1963 bombing, and tour the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Day 7

We wrap up our program with a closing ceremony and evaluations, allowing students to reflect on their experiences. We acknowledge each other's contributions and prepare to share our learnings with our communities. After a celebratory lunch, we head back to the Atlanta airport for our flights home.

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Lenses of Inquiry


Monumentalism & Memorialization

In this learning experience, students delve into Monumentalism and Memorialization in the American South, analyzing how these monuments shape public memory and narratives by exploring the origins, evolution, and societal impacts of these symbols.


Contemporary Lens

A trip to the American South allows students to delve into contemporary debates on Monumentalism and Memorialization. They get an opportunity to consider the evolving nature of public memory and brainstorm ways to use monuments for fostering understanding and social justice.


Food & Culture

Southern cuisine reflects a complex blend of geographical, climatic, and historical influences, offering insights into social, economic, and cultural dynamics. Studying food provides a window into the distinctive identity of the American South, revealing its rich tapestry of culinary heritage.


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