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Deciding how to teach history involves making tough decisions about what the past means and how we should remember it. That can be a messy process, as the N.C. Department of Public Instruction learned last winter. Their proposed changes to the history curriculum drew an impassioned response. But the classroom isn't the only place where history is taught. Public art also aims to portray a narrative of the past, with monuments saying as much about the societies that erect them as those being memorialized.