National Memorial for Peace and Justice
May 8, 2018
by Susan Meiselas
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery, Alabama on April 26th. Also referred to as the “National Lynching Memorial”, it commemorates 4,400 victims of racial terror lynching in the United States. Founded by the Equal Justice Initiative and funded by private donations, the memorial is located on a former slave market and features 805 hanging steel coffin-like rectangles, each representing a US county where lynchings occurred. Surrounding the main structure are sculptures referencing episodes in African-American history: slavery, the Civil Rights movement, police violence and the biased criminal justice system. The nearby Legacy Museum serves as an art and educational center that provides documentation to accompany the memorial’s message.
Susan Meiselas visited the memorial on it’s opening day.
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