Depicting Race in San Francisco’s Pioneer Monuments

100 Years of Debate
Event detail
Add to my calendar
 

A century ago, San Francisco society women insisted that their city’s Pioneer Mother statue should celebrate white cultural superiority. Today, as Americans consider the removal of Confederate monuments, San Franciscans debate the fate of the city’s better-known 1894 Pioneer Monument because it depicts white racial dominance. Cynthia Culver Prescott, author of the forthcoming book Pioneer Mother Monuments: Constructing Cultural Memory, will recount 100 years of public debates surrounding San Francisco’s pioneer monuments and lead a discussion of those monuments’ future. Participants will then be invited to walk outside the Library to view the Pioneer Monument with new eyes.

Pioneer Monument. Photography by Cynthia Prescott

Pioneer Monument, Fulton Street, San Francisco. Photograph by Lisa Allen.

RSVP & invite friends on Facebook!

Learn more about History and Genealogy through the wealth of resources available at the Library.

Upcoming Events

Holodomor: The Great Ukraine Famine 1932-1933
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 2:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Gallery Talk: All That Glitters Is Not Gold
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 6:30 pm
Main Library, Skylight Gallery
Presentation: San Francisco Mime Troupe
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 3:00 pm
Noe Valley, Noe Valley Meeting Room

Upcoming Classes

Presentation: Genealogy and Family History Research
Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6:15 pm
North Beach, North Beach Meeting Room

Current Exhibits

Don't Disturb the Dead
Through Thursday, December 19, 2019
Main Library, Government Information Center
All That Glitters Is Not Gold:
Through Thursday, January 2, 2020
Main Library, San Francisco History Center
Take our survey