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Derek AldermanThe Associated Press recently featured Derek Alderman, professor and head of the Department of Geography, in a story about New Orleans’ quest to make a break with its confederate past. Alderman is mapping Confederate symbolism nationwide.

Alderman noted that the New Orleans situation reflects a new push to rethink Confederate history and iconography. “It is a grand scale of symbolic rewriting of the landscape,” he told the AP. “It certainly represents a wholesale re-questioning of the legitimacy of remembering the Confederacy so publicly.”

More than 450 media outlets picked up the Associated Press story including the Huffington Post, CBS News, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Charlotte Observer, Christian Science Monitor, Mashable, Florida Times-Union, Denver Post, US News and World Report, Jackson (Mississippi) Free Press, Myrtle Beach Online, East OregonianToronto (Canada) Star, and Canada-based Northern View.