Monthly Archives: March 2015

‘No Wave of Racism Can Stop Us:’ Alabama State Archives Releases New Footage of Historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights March

For the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) has released never-before-seen footage of the five-day, 54-mile trek to the Alabama capitol. Archivists recently discovered around 3,000 feet of 16mm film in an inventory of materials collected during the administration of Governor George Wallace.

The Purloined Monk: Chinese May Seek Return of Mummified Buddha Held In Dutch Museum

Earlier this year, Drents Museum in the Netherlands released stunning images of a mummified human body contained under the surface of the statue of a Buddha. The pictures quickly went viral. Six thousand miles away, villagers in China’s Fuijian Province saw a familiar face. “When I saw the photo on the TV news, it immediately reminded me of our lost statue,” said Lin Yongtuan, a farmer from Yangchun Village. Master Zhanggong Liuquan, a Buddhist monk and healer that had served […]

Flip the Envelope: A New Interpretation Of One Of John Wilkes Booth’s Final Letters

One hundred and fifty years ago this week, a young woman sat down in a room in Washington’s National Hotel and scrawled a few lines of poetry on the back of a blank envelope: “John” was John Wilkes Booth, and for decades people have believed that these words were the sorrowful response to the lines just above it: