Do you know the history of race and ethnicity in your city or town? our partners in charlottesville, @signsofchangecville, recently held a workshop with local historian #charlenegreen at the @fralinmuseumuva to share the untold stories of charlottesville’s black community. participants took notes and then responded by making actual signs of change to reveal the hidden history in their own city.
here are a few examples of their creations, including @lauraleegulledge’s notes with and without her drawing of the city’s namesake, queen charlotte. shockingly, she is not seen depicted anywhere in charlottesville, likely due to her african heritage. another participant addressed the untold histories of the enslaved at @uva. keep swiping for more thought-provoking work.
On #castlemonday today we talk about the probably most famous palace in the world: buckingham palace. it is situated in the center of london and is the official london residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the united kingdom. originally known as buckingham house it was built as a townhouse for the duke of buckingham in 1703. king george iii of the united kingdom acquired it in 1761 and it served as private residence for his wife queen charlotte and so it became known as “the queen’s house”. in 1837 it became the official london residence of the british monarch on the accession of queen victoria. every year around 50.000 guests are invited at garden parties, receptions, audiences and banquets. the palace’s state rooms are open in summer from july to september for the public - in 2017 580.000 people visited the palace. it is also the official london residence of queen elizabeth ii, prince philip, prince andrew, prince edward and his wife countess sophie. it houses their offices as well as those of princess anne and princess alexandra, cousin of the queen. it is the workplace of approximately 800 people.
Made it to haida gwaii! yes, it’s just as stunning as they all say and equal parts remote. tomorrow we head out on a 3 day drive along the beach to ship wrecks and more northern jungle!