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This photo shows a bronze statue called “Raise Up”, part of the display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in lynchings, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Montgomery, Ala.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The public is getting its first look at a lynching memorial and museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday, is dedicated to 4,400 individuals who lost their lives in lynchings and other racial killings between 1877 and 1950. Their names are engraved on 800 steel rectangles, one for each U.S. county where lynchings occurred.

A museum is also opening in Montgomery, called The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration.

Launch events include a “Peace and Justice Summit” featuring celebrities and activists like Ava DuVernay, Marian Wright Edelman and Gloria Steinem.

The summit, museum and memorial are projects of the Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery-based legal advocacy group founded by attorney Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson won a MacArthur “genius” award for his human rights work.

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12 thoughts on “Lynching Memorial And Museum Opens To Public In Montgomery

  1. Howard on said:

    does the museum have a parking area that can accommodate a 35′ 5th wheel RV + pick up. We are going to be coming through area in January and plan to visit. Thanks

  2. This is certainly needed to shed light on this horrific chapter in our history. But there were according to the Tuskegee Institute 3,445 where black and the unmentioned here were white totaling 1,297.

  3. Stone Cold on said:

    We really need to get the so called thugs and hoes of our society to places like these. Ignorance is so prized, rewarded and admired in our society. To many never get past an elementary mentality.

  4. JJeffery Muhammad on said:

    Lynching is as American as “Apple Pie”. It did not cease in 1950, and it will NOT CEASE until the power of the Sociopaths who founded this country, is completely broken. There isn’t a monument big enough or a Memorial long enough to represent the damage done by this people. If they want a Memorial to our suffering, then they can give us 50% of the continental USA. Plus Hawaii and Alaska and LEAVE US ALONE. Then we won’t need to go to the movies to see “WAKANDA”.

  5. Honestly on said:

    Cave n!@@ers are in rigid denial about the intra murder epidemic rate among their species throughout this country. Truth is the enemy of cave n!@@ers. They should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

  6. Harvey Elliott on said:

    I am committed to tour the museum. However, I do wonder why it only goes to 1950. I am 74 years old and I still see lynchings of black people today just more sophisticated.

  7. Doris on said:

    The difference Mr. Edwards is: The museum in Montgomery is dedicated to people that did not have a choice regarding their lynching. The people of Chicago have a choice regarding that madness going on there.

  8. Larry Edwards on said:

    Since there is now a lynching museum in Montgomery, Alabama wouldn’t it be appropriate to also to have a murder museum in Chicago?

    • Larry, to better understand the purpose of the “Lynching Memorial and Museum,” one must either visit or do your own research on lynching in America history. I can only assume if you know better YOU might do better.

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