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Thu Apr 26, 2018, 02:12 PM Apr 2018

A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It. [View all]

(the NPR article at the bottom is an absolute must-read, in its entirety)

A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., is dedicated to victims of white supremacy.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In a plain brown building sits an office run by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, a place for people who have been held accountable for their crimes and duly expressed remorse.

Just a few yards up the street lies a different kind of rehabilitation center, for a country that has not been held to nearly the same standard.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which opens Thursday on a six-acre site overlooking the Alabama State Capitol, is dedicated to the victims of American white supremacy. And it demands a reckoning with one of the nation’s least recognized atrocities: the lynching of thousands of black people in a decades-long campaign of racist terror.

At the center is a grim cloister, a walkway with 800 weathered steel columns, all hanging from a roof. Etched on each column is the name of an American county and the people who were lynched there, most listed by name, many simply as “unknown.” The columns meet you first at eye level, like the headstones that lynching victims were rarely given. But as you walk, the floor steadily descends; by the end, the columns are all dangling above, leaving you in the position of the callous spectators in old photographs of public lynchings.

The magnitude of the killing is harrowing, all the more so when paired with the circumstances of individual lynchings, some described in brief summaries along the walk: Parks Banks, lynched in Mississippi in 1922 for carrying a photograph of a white woman; Caleb Gadly, hanged in Kentucky in 1894 for “walking behind the wife of his white employer”; Mary Turner, who after denouncing her husband’s lynching by a rampaging white mob, was hung upside down, burned and then sliced open so that her unborn child fell to the ground.

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Six blacks lynched near Cincinnati among 4,400 named at a new memorial that opens Thursday
Mark Curnutte, mcurnutte@enquirer.com Published 9:25 p.m. ET April 25, 2018 |

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. **Warning: Graphic Images** (April 23) AP
News: EJI National Memorial of Peace and Justice

Bearing 4,400 names, the first national memorial to African-American victims of lynching will open Thursday in Montgomery, Alabama. Racial terror was not confined to the Deep South. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice will contain the names of six African-Americans lynched in Greater Cincinnati – two in Butler County and four in Boone County.

Enquirer research found the names of four additional African-Americans lynched in Boone County, along with one black man – Noah Anderson – snatched from law enforcement by a white mob in New Richmond and hanged, this newspaper reported on Aug. 22, 1895, "on the highest poplar tree of Clermont County,"

Seeking to learn which six local names appear in the memorial, The Enquirer provided the names of the 11 local lynching victims to the memorial's creator, the Equal Justice Initiative. Officials at the nonprofit legal and civil rights group, based in the Alabama capital, did not respond.

White lynch mobs killed thousands of people across America during a 70-year period beginning in 1877. The withdrawal that year of the last federal troops from the South ended the formal attempt through Reconstruction to establish racial equality and blacks' rights in the former Confederate states.

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New Lynching Memorial Is A Space 'To Talk About All Of That Anguish'

Editor's note: This report contains language and an image some may find offensive.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday, stands high on a hillside overlooking downtown Montgomery, Ala. Beyond the buildings you can see the winding Alabama River and hear the distant whistle of a train — the nexus that made the city a hub for the domestic slave trade. And that's where the experience begins as visitors encounter a life-size sculpture in bronze of six people in rusting shackles, including a mother with a baby in her arms.

"You see the agony and the anguish and the suffering in these figures," says Bryan Stevenson, founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative, the non-profit legal advocacy group that created the memorial.

"It's people in distress," Stevenson says. "And I don't think we've actually done a very good job of acknowledging the pain and agony, the suffering, the humiliation, the complete denial of humanity that slavery created for black people on this continent."

Stevenson serves as a tour guide through the somber space – which remembers the nation's history of racial terror, representing a journey from slavery to the period after the Civil War, and before the civil rights movement.

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K&R wryter2000 Apr 2018 #1
agreed niyad Apr 2018 #2
Wow, what an amazing and honorable project PNW-Dem Apr 2018 #39
Get thee to the greatest page malaise Apr 2018 #3
thank you. I was simply blown away. niyad Apr 2018 #4
Another important Memorial MuseRider Apr 2018 #5
understood. I could barely make it through the traveling vietnam memorial. niyad Apr 2018 #7
I love your MuseRider Apr 2018 #8
and that is why I do what I do. niyad Apr 2018 #9
I forgot to respond to the other point. MuseRider Apr 2018 #11
Wow, that's powerful awesomerwb1 Apr 2018 #6
I read about this this morning on CNN. Long overdue. I would love to visit it some day. nt Kirk Lover Apr 2018 #10
Amazing yellowwoodII Apr 2018 #12
That's because for generations, blacks were not considered "human". BumRushDaShow Apr 2018 #14
K&R and here is a link to their website BumRushDaShow Apr 2018 #13
thank you so much for sharing that video, and the link. niyad Apr 2018 #21
You are most welcome! BumRushDaShow Apr 2018 #23
Ms. Wells was truly one amazing, courageous person. have admired her for many years. niyad Apr 2018 #24
Thanks malaise Apr 2018 #26
If I ever visit Alabama, it'll definitely be on my must visit list! BumRushDaShow Apr 2018 #28
I'll have to watch videos and documentaries malaise Apr 2018 #29
I hear ya BumRushDaShow Apr 2018 #30
The video made me start bawling lunatica Apr 2018 #34
have you read Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz" "An Indigenous eople's HIstory of the United States"? niyad Apr 2018 #43
I go through... BigOleDummy Apr 2018 #15
I had the same horrible thought. kag Apr 2018 #38
had not thought of that, but a most excellent point. if you do get there, we would like niyad Apr 2018 #44
K&R Scurrilous Apr 2018 #16
thank you to whom ever built this AllaN01Bear Apr 2018 #17
I wonder how many people will visit tulipsandroses Apr 2018 #18
Wat too many years too late. raven mad Apr 2018 #19
Outstanding. Brilliant memorial. OhNo-Really Apr 2018 #20
Billie Holiday-Strange fruit- (and the 75th anniversary commentary) trigger wrning for images niyad Apr 2018 #22
Played Billy's version last night malaise Apr 2018 #27
Strange fruit, indeed. Orsino Apr 2018 #25
This is an important memorial and I want to go see it Gothmog Apr 2018 #31
Check this -Ida B Wells: the unsung heroine of the civil rights movement malaise Apr 2018 #32
She's been one of my top heroes for decades! lunatica Apr 2018 #35
+1,000 malaise Apr 2018 #36
Only 13 google maps reviews, hit it up ***** populistdriven Apr 2018 #33
I saw this on tv. It's a chilling monument. nt Honeycombe8 Apr 2018 #37
Check out al.com trof Apr 2018 #40
I got banned from AL.com long ago Kolesar Apr 2018 #42
oh dear trof Apr 2018 #48
Dear Goddess, I need a shower after that one. niyad Apr 2018 #45
Here's a link to a piece 60 Minutes did on it....with Oprah Winfrey spanone Apr 2018 #41
thank you for that link. niyad Apr 2018 #46
👍🏼 spanone Apr 2018 #47
It's important to remember the laws have changed more than the attitudes Major Nikon Apr 2018 #49
I don't believe the Civil War ended. jimmy2.0 Apr 2018 #50
Very powerful. n/t whathehell May 2018 #51
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