Journalist Diane Roberts has been a member of the Editorial Board of the St. Petersburg Times – back when that was the Tampa Bay Times’s name - and a long-time columnist for the paper in both its iterations. She was a commentator on NPR for 22 years and continues to contribute radio essays and opinion pieces to the BBC, and is a regular columnist for the Florida Phoenix.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — You walk out of the fierce summer sun into a shadowy forest of rectangular steel columns, row upon row of them, six or seven feet tall, covered in rust the color of dried blood. It takes a minute to adjust to the dim light. Then you begin to see the names inscribed […]