Introducing the Guantánamo Public Memory Project

“I sat there in my chair listening to the comment, ‘I don’t know much about Guantánamo,’ follow nearly each of my peers’ introductions, myself included,”

Marnie Macgregor, University of Minnesota

Marnie was joining over 100 other students from around the country in a national experiment in public history and public dialogue.  The Guantánamo Public Memory Project was launched in June 2009 by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience – together with military personnel, historians, legal advocates, and others — to raise awareness of the base’s long history and foster dialogue across difference on its future.  Faced with the challenge of combating apathy and amnesia, the Project took a gamble:  give the most responsibility to the people who know the least, and invite them to build their own understanding along with the rest of the world’s.

Hoisting the U.S. Flag at Guantánamo. June 12, 1898. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Hoisting the U.S. Flag at Guantánamo. June 12, 1898. Courtesy Library of Congress.

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