‘The Lees Are Complex’: Descendants Grapple With Rebel General’s Legacy

By SIMON ROMERO August 22, 2017 Few American families are as deeply embedded in the nation’s history as the Lees of Virginia. Members of the clan signed the Declaration of Independence, served the new nation as judges and generals, lawmakers and...

Ole Miss Edges Out of Its Confederate Shadow, Gingerly

By STEPHANIE SAUL August 9, 2017 OXFORD, Miss. — Other than William Faulkner and the father and son quarterbacks Archie and Eli Manning, few figures in this town’s history are better known locally than Lucius Q. C. Lamar. A professor at Ole Miss...

In Houston, an Original Juneteenth Celebration Site Reborn

By MICHAEL HARDY June 17, 2017 HOUSTON — In 1872, a group of African-American ministers and businessmen in Houston purchased 10 acres of land south of downtown, in the city’s predominantly black Third Ward neighborhood, and created Emancipation...