As Montpelier Goes Woke, Will Virginians Rescue James Madison From Cancellation?

COMMENTARY American Founders

As Montpelier Goes Woke, Will Virginians Rescue James Madison From Cancellation?

Oct 31, 2022 1 min read
COMMENTARY BY
Brenda Hafera

Assistant Director and Senior Policy Analyst, Simon Center

Brenda is the assistant director and senior policy analyst for the Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation.
Engraved portrait of James Madison, seated at a writing desk circa 1800. Lawrence Thornton / Staff / Getty Images

Key Takeaways

Montpelier is diminishing James Madison’s legacy and seeking to influence how America is recognized on the world stage.

Incredibly, there are no exhibits at Montpelier dedicated to our nation’s fourth president, the man often called “the Father of the Constitution.”

The UNESCO designation could provide financial incentives to solidify the MDC’s power and encourage DEI programming at Montpelier.

Some have been noticing the shift in focus—and at times an ideological bias—that pervades many of our historic sites. Case in point: Montpelier, James Madison’s home, where politics has overtaken history.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the organization that owns Montpelier, has considerable resources, but Montpelier is not using its funds to preserve the legacy of James Madison. Rather, supported by the trust, Montpelier is diminishing Madison’s legacy and seeking to influence how history is taught throughout Virginia and how America itself is recognized on the world stage.

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This piece originally appeared in the Federalist