Atlantic Philanthropies and Ford Foundation Funded Lynching Memorial and Slavery Museum Sets April Opening
The Equal Justice Initiative will open the nation’s first memorial dedicated to lynching victims and a new museum dedicated to slavery on April 26 in Montgomery.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice recognizing 4,000 blacks lynched and tortured in America is under construction between Caroline and Holcombe streets near the Five Points area.
The museum, called The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, will open in downtown and explore slavery, lynching, segregation and modern inequality issues, according to an EJI news release. The museum will have interactive content that confronts visitors with some of the nation's arduous past.
The opening of the memorial and museum will be celebrated from April 26-29 with concerts from national recording artists, presentations from leading national figures and educational panels.
EJI expects thousands to travel to Montgomery to celebrate the launch and opening. EJI is a private nonprofit that provides legal representation to people who cannot afford it, with a special emphasis on death row prisoners, juveniles and people they believe were wrongly convicted...