Laura Brannan Fretwell is a PhD candidate in the History and Art History department at George Mason University, and a graduate research assistant at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Laura received her Master’s in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. Her dissertation focuses on memory, race, identity, and power at a local park in Richmond, Virginia throughout the nineteenth century. Laura uses a combination of methodologies such as archival research, gender theory, and digital humanities tools such as mapping and computational history. Currently, Laura is working on her digital history project “Divided Union” with her colleague Janine Hubai. Divided Union was jointly created by Laura and Janine and provides historical context about American race and memory, especially the legacy of Confederate commemoration in the U.S. She is also an affiliate of George Mason University’s John Mitchell Jr. Program for History, Race, and Justice at the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution.