Historian Ed Ayers discusses how Richmond, Virginia’s 2015 sesquicentennial celebration drew upon the past to re-imagine the future. He emphasizes the ways in which the event’s planners sought to honor the diversity of perspectives and lived experiences in the former capital of the Confederacy.

– Edward L. Ayers (Trustee; President Emeritus and Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, University of Richmond)