Saturday, July 21, 2018

2018 Road Trip - Montgomery, Alabama: Civil Rights Museums

The Equal Justice Initiative has two museums:  the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (aka the National Lynching Memorial) and the Legacy Museum.  This was our anniversary.  It was a far from pleasant experience, but a valuable and memorable day.

The first pictures are of the area near the EJI offices.

We first visited the Lynching Memorial.  Follow the link above for more info, and, if your resolution allows it, read the text on the signs below.  Briefly, there is a steel casket for each county of the country where there was a lynching between 1877 and 1950.  The names of those lynched are engraved on the caskets.  At the start they are at ground level; the the floor slowly drops, and eventually the caskets are overhead.

A brief intermission from serious stuff:

Hank Williams

The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration

This museum allows no photography.  Read about it in the link at the start of this post.   We cannot recommend it highly enough.

Out of Alabama!

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