America opens first national memorial to lynching victims

Josephine Bolling McCall

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is in Montgomery and begins with a jarring image of six enslaved black people chained by their necks, including a mother gripping a baby.

It is the result of years of research documenting more than 4,000 killings by a group of lawyers. The Memorial looks to amplify it in the hopes of moving forward to find answers and build a better understanding for the future. Many of them, he said, "have never been named in public". But also at the site are duplicates of each steel column, lined up in rows like coffins, meant to be disseminated around the country to the counties where lynchings were carried out.

Would you like to see the memorial in person? The visual effect is the sensation of looking at hundreds of brown bodies hanging above you.

"Along with the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, the Rosa Parks Museum, and other historic sites in Montgomery, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice uses the lessons learned from our past as a model for healing and sustainable economic growth that will give visitors from around the world a truer understanding of our history".




"We've been practicing silence for so long", said Stevenson, noting that there's a long line of silence from slavery to mass incarceration.

A new memorial dedicated to acknowledging the horrors of lynching in America opened today in Alabama.

In a plain brown building sits an office run by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, a place for people who have been held accountable for their crimes and duly expressed remorse. By 1850, there were more slaves sold in Montgomery than in New Orleans. The twin columns surround the main square, and as counties claim their history, the memorial will evolve and serve as a sort of "visual postcard", signaling which communities will wrestle with hard truths.

In 2015, the EJI released a report that revealed that there were "at least 800 more lynchings" of African-Americans between 1877 and 1950 than had previously been reported.

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