New lynching memorial offers chance to remember, heal

The memorial opens Thursday in Montgomery.

Posted: Apr 23, 2018 7:48 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The lynchings that killed thousands of people and terrorized generations of blacks in the U.S. are solemnly commemorated in a new memorial in Alabama's capital city.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is a project of the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, a legal advocacy group in Montgomery. The organization says the combined museum and memorial will be the nation's first site to document racial inequality in America from slavery through Jim Crow to the issues of today.

Executive director Bryan Stevenson says people in the South don't talk about slavery and don't have monuments that confront the legacy of lynching.

He adds that without confronting the difficulties of segregation, "we are still burdened by that history."

The memorial opens Thursday in Montgomery.

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