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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, informally known as the National Lynching Memorial, is a national memorial to commemorate the black victims of lynching in the United States. It is intended to focus on and acknowledge past racial terrorism and advocate for social justice in America. Founded by the non-profit Equal Justice Initiative, it opened in downtown Montgomery, Alabama on April 26, 2018.Add National Memorial for Peace and Justice and other attractions to your Montgomery trip itinerary using our Montgomery road trip planning website.
It consists of a memorial square with 805 hanging steel rectangles representing each of the U.S. counties where a documented lynching took place. It also includes several sculptures depicting themes related to racial violence.
The monument was positively received by architectural critics, activists, and the general public. Philip Kennicott of The Washington Post described it as "one of the most powerful and effective new memorials created in a generation".
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I found the Legacy Museum provided context and a great deal of historical perspective of the history of African Americans in the United States. The Memorial itself, is an extremely sobering visual...
I found the Legacy Museum provided context and a great deal of historical perspective of the history of African Americans in the United States. The Memorial itself, is an extremely sobering visual... more »
I visited many important sites from the civil rights movement during this recent trip through Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery. None had as much an impact as my visit to the National...
I visited many important sites from the civil rights movement during this recent trip through Atlanta, Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery. None had as much an impact as my visit to the National... more »
Please take your family. I never knew how much of my history I did not know. The wealth of knowledge one obtains for $5 per person, is certainly overwhelming. I vow to ensure that my children visit throughout the year to inhale the plethora of ancestral information provided, as well as understand the impact that the fight for civil and equal justice had/has on our government and treatment of our people today.
Wow, what a powerful place this was! Although solemn and somber, it's very important to have something like this for all the lives lost due to racial terror lynching. It forced everyone visiting to acknowledge America's ugly history. I encourage everyone to visit this memorial it's quite the experience!
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