Alabama history agency admits perpetuating systemic racism

Jun 24, 2020


Credit Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's main state history agency is acknowledging that it helped perpetuate systemic racism by promoting Confederate narratives while ignoring those of Black people. 

A “statement of recommitment” issued Tuesday by the Alabama Department of Archives and History says the state agency was founded in 1901 to both preserve records and promote “lost cause” ideals favored by Southern whites.

The statement says the agency has taken steps to change in recent decades. But it's still staffed mainly by white people, especially in its leadership and archival and curatorial staffs.

The statement says the agency is rededicating itself to telling a fuller story of Alabama.