Now I Have a Reason to Visit Alabama 

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Last week, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery, Alabama. The memorial confronts the brutal legacy of lynching in America, and features an incredible summons to counties around the country.

The Montgomery memorial offers a unique challenge to [the] 805 counties where lynching victims never received justice. Each six-foot steel monument includes the names of lynching victims. In a nearby field, there are 805 identical markers intended for the counties where the lynchings took place. The Equal Justice Initiative will welcome each county and parish that has the courage to pick them up.

Any county brave enough to pick up their marker will need to confront their own past, and decide how best to memorialize those who died. Any county too cowardly to do so will instead have their shame shown to every single visitor to the museum.

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