ACHP Policy Statement on Controversial Commemorative Works (2018)

March 22, 2018

In recent years, increasing numbers of Americans have raised concerns or objections regarding the display of various commemorative works in public spaces in their communities. The eight principles in this policy statement are designed to help guide federal, state, and local governments in the management or disposition of controversial commemorative works, such as memorials, statues, markers, or other landscape features honoring divisive historical figures or events.

The ACHP acknowledges it is essential for decision makers to directly confront history’s difficult chapters; consult broadly with the public to ascertain contemporary community views; consider a range of management alternatives; and  promote public education regarding all aspects (positive and negative) of the nation’s history.

Read a PDF version of the policy statement.