Marked, Unmarked, Remembered, a book published in 2017 by West Virginia University Press, is a collaborative project envisioned by photojournalist Andrew Lichtenstein and his brother, historian Alex Lichtenstein.
Since 2010, Andrew has traveled across the United States, photographing historic sites representing aspects of some of the country’s traumatic, yet too often unacknowledged, past. Forced relocations and massacres of Native Americans; slavery, segregation, and the lynching of African Americans; the murder of workers; the internment of Japanese-Americans–all of these events, and more, remained scattered across the American landscape.
Sometimes these sites are officially commemorated; sometimes they have been forgotten almost entirely; and sometimes ordinary people have insistently stamped their own meanings on the land and its past.
The 57 original black and white photographs reproduced in Marked, Unmarked, Remembered are accompanied by comprehensive captions. Alex provides an introduction exploring the nature of struggles over the meanings given to a contested past. The project is enhanced by short essays commissioned from eleven of today’s leading historians of the American experience and American memory.