National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery

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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.
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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  • When you realize that each hanging column represents 1 county in the US where a lynching occurred, it can be a bit overwhelming. This is the history that so many people would like to sweep under the....  more »
  • A heavy and emotional experience to see this exhibit dedicated to the 4400 black people that were lynched as a part of a reign of terror in the South, post slavery. It’s good for teens, might be...  more »
  • Just breathtaking! If you are in the area, I highly recommend you to visit. Is a place that shows many names and their death date. It shows people that were killed in many different states. The sculptures are really realistic and amazingly well created. I loved the place.
  • Incredibly powerful and moving experience. I brought my 11 year old son because he loves history. I was so moved by the thoughtfulness of the staff on an extremely hot day to gladly share in this experience with my family. I highly recommend this, but be prepared for an emotional journey to a not so distant past

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