Last Thursday, I shared a guest post by Jennifer Morrison where she spoke about her own experiences last month at Festival Internationle when a white woman began speaking with her about the statue of Confederate General Alfred Mouton that stands on the corner of Jefferson Street and Lee Avenue in Lafayette, LA. Her interaction with the woman comes at a time when the city of New Orleans has removed “monuments” (I use this term in quotes because to me a monument calls for reverence) of Confederate soldiers and white supremacy. These debates are going on elsewhere as well, even in Shreveport where debates have been ongoing about the removal of the “monument” that stands outside of the Caddo Parish Courthouse. (For more on this, read Myles Roberts’ piece on Heliopolis.)
Today, I want to share a post that Jennifer Morrison, a colleague and friend, shared on Facebook recently. I have not altered her post apart from separating it into paragraphs. Her words speak for themselves. All I want to say is that the statue she references is the statue of General Alfred Mouton that the United Daughters of the Confederacy had erected in 1922.
For the past couple of posts, I have written about “The Panther vs. The Klan” story arc from Marvel’s Jungle Action series in the 1970s. Today, I want to finish up this discussion by looking at issue 22 where Jessica Lynne tells the story of Cousin Caleb’s encounters with the Klan and White Supremacy after the Civil War in 1867. Along with Jessica’s recollections of the story her mother told her, Monica Lynne creates her own version of the events that happened to Caleb in 1867. In this way, “Death Riders on the Horizon” serves as a palimpsest where Monica’s version of the events gets laid on top of the original story. This narrative move serves to comment on the past while at the same time looking to the future and referring to the present. It creates a multilayered text that pulls from the previous issues of the story arc as well.