2021: Spring Break 2021 – The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

After visiting the docks in Montgomery, Alabama and walking the historical district for a while, I went to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. As it was right when they opened, I was one of about 5 people there on site, which was perfect because it allowed me to experience the site without others around and made reflection easier to engage. I made 6 pages of pictures from this location, and you will notice that they are all on black background with a simple white border. I was able to use Cricut Design Space to replicate the logo of the Legacy Museum, which is part of this same organization, and I used my Cricut machine to cut it from the middle of the white border. Each of the outer corners of the photo set has been rounded used a corner punch.

The two-page spread above shows the sign from the entrance, which meant that I did not need to create a title block for this spread. It also shows pictures of the outside and inside of the memorial. The National Memorial for Peach and Justice website shares:

More than 4,400 African American men, women, and children were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Millions more fled the South as refugees from racial terrorism, profoundly impacting the entire nation. Until now, there has been no national memorial acknowledging the victims of racial terror lynchings. On a six-acre site atop a rise overlooking Montgomery, the national lynching memorial is a sacred space for truth-telling and reflection about racial terror in America and its legacy.

The second spread shares more photos from the Memorial on the left-hand page, and the right-hand page shares pictures from “Monument” park which is also on this site. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice website shares:

The memorial structure on the center of the site is constructed of over 800 corten steel monuments, one for each county in the United States where a racial terror lynching took place. The names of the lynching victims are engraved on the columns. The memorial is more than a static monument. It is EJI’s hope that the National Memorial inspires communities across the nation to enter an era of truth-telling about racial injustice and their own local histories.

I took pictures of the steel monument from Grant County, Indiana, where I used to live as I had learned about the lynching that occurred there in 1930 (https://calendar.eji.org/racial-injustice/aug/7). Part of the goal of the Equal Justice Institute is to help communities where these injustices took place claim their metal memorials and erect them in the locations where the lynchings took place.

This last spread shares pictures of the gardens at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (left) and various sculptures on the grounds. I left this spread for last as the beauty of the gardens creates hope for the future of peace and justice, while the difficult sculptures on the right remind us that this will be continual work for all of us.

Categories: 2021, Civil Rights Museums, History Museum, Museums, Spring Break 2021

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