Cleveland Baseball Team to Rebrand as the Guardians

Editor’s Note, July 23, 2021: The baseball team formerly known as the Cleveland Indians is set to rebrand as the Cleveland Guardians, reports Mandy Bell forMLB.com. The move—announced on Twitter in a video featuring actor Tom Hanks and the band the Black Keys—follows years of debate over the Ohio franchise’s moniker and mascot. “Cleveland has […]

Toppled Statue of British Slave Trader Goes on View at Bristol Museum

Editor’s Note, June 7, 2021: On June 7, 2020, Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol, England, pulled down a statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston and dumped it into the nearby harbor. Last week, the defaced likeness went on view at the M Shed museum as part of a citywide effort to determine the […]

Georgia Approves Changes to Stone Mountain Park, ‘Shrine to White Supremacy’

Editor’s Note, May 25, 2021: On Monday, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association board voted to implement a number of changes at the eponymous park, which is home to the world’s largest Confederate monument. As Tyler Estep reports for theAtlanta Journal-Constitution , approved resolutions include creating an on-site exhibit that seeks to “tell the truth” about […]

Germany Will Return Benin Bronzes to Nigeria in 2022

Editor’s Note, April 30, 2021: In an unprecedented turn of events, Germany has pledged to repatriate the thousands of Benin Bronzes housed in its museum collections as early as next year, reports Kate Brown forArtnet News. The announcement arrives amid a renewed push to return the looted artifacts to their home country of Nigeria. “We […]

Watch 150 Years of Asian American History Unfold in This Documentary

Editor’s Note, March 18, 2021: In light of a shooting in the Atlanta area that left eight people, including six Asian women, dead, PBS has made the documentary series “Asian Americans” freely available to stream online. Read more about the five-part series, which premiered last May, below. Viewers can now watch the landmark documentary series […]

Entirely Digital Artwork Sells for Record-Breaking $69 Million

Editor’s Note, March 11, 2021:An entirely digital artwork sold at auction today for $69.3 million, Christie’s announced via Twitter. Per the New York Times’ Scott Reyburn, the sale marks the third-highest auction price achieved by a living artist, placing Beeple after Jeff Koons and David Hockney. Read more about the record-breaking artwork—and its implication for […]

One of the Last Privately Owned Botticelli Portraits Just Sold for $92 Million

Editor’s Note, January 28, 2021: Sandro Botticelli’s Portrait of a Young Man Holding a Roundel sold at Sotheby’s today for $92.2 million—the highest price paid for an Old Master painting since Leonardo da Vinci’s record-breaking Salvator Mundi fetched $450 million in 2017, reports Katya Kazakina for theNew York Times. Read more about the 15th-century work’s […]

A Mysterious Monolith in the Utah Desert Vanished Overnight

Editor’s Note, November 30, 2020: Earlier this month, surveyors in Utah’s Red Rock Country stumbled onto a 12-foot-tall metal monolith of unknown origin. At some point on Friday night, the structure vanished as suddenly as it had appeared, baffling local authorities and sparking a renewed round of speculation regarding its creation and ultimate fate. Read […]

Archaeologists Unearth Foundations of One of the Nation’s Oldest Black Churches

Editor’s Note, October 7, 2020: Excavations in Colonial Williamsburg have revealed the intact foundations of one of the United States’ oldest black churches, reports Alex Perry for theVirginia Gazette. In addition to unearthing the First Baptist Church’s 19th-century foundations, archaeologists found a smaller brick structure that predates the 1856 building. Read more about the dig—and […]

Historic Brooklyn Cemetery Appoints Its First Artist-in-Residence

Editor’s Note, October 5, 2020:The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn has appointed ceramicist Heidi Lau as its first-ever artist in residence, according to a statement. “I am very excited about developing a project at Green-Wood because for the past few years, my work has been deeply engaged with mourning rituals, burial monuments, and belief systems regarding […]

Trove of 27 Sealed Sarcophagi Unearthed in Egypt

SmartNews Keeping you current Authorities say the 2,500-year-old coffins, found during excavations at the Saqqara necropolis, have likely remained unopened for millennia One of the 14 sealed coffins found at the Saqqara necropolis (Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities) smithsonianmag.com September 10, 2020 | Updated: 2 hours ago Editor’s Note, September 22, 2020: On Saturday, […]

Arsonist Confesses to Starting Nantes Cathedral Fire

Editor’s Note, July 28, 2020:A volunteer caretaker has confessed to starting a July 18 fire at Nantes Cathedral, reports Agence France-Presse. Authorities had previously questioned and released the 39-year-old Rwandan refugee, who was tasked with locking up the historic church on the day before the blaze. The arsonist’s motive is still unclear. He now faces […]

After Retiring Its Racist Name, D.C. Football Team Announces Temporary Moniker

Editor’s Note, July 23, 2020:The capital’s National Football League (NFL) franchise is rebranding as the “Washington Football Team,” reports Adam Schefter for ESPN. The announcement follows the team’s July 13 decision to retire its former name, which is widely considered to be a racial slur. “For updated brand clarity and consistency purposes, we will call […]