From Slavery to a Death Penalty: New Museum and Memorial for Peace and Justice Open in Montgomery, Alabama

On Apr 26, 2018, a Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) non-stop a Memorial for Peace and Justice and a concomitant Legacy Museum, which tell a stories of a some-more than 4,000 men, women, and children killed by secular apprehension lynchings in a century following a Civil War, and snippet a connectors between slavery, segregation, collateral punishment, and mass incarceration. The opening drew thousands of visitors from opposite a country, theatrical headliners, and a horde of polite rights legends—including Congressman John Lewis and a flourishing plaintiffs and counsel who brought a lawsuit that finished segregated seating on open buses. The commemorative and museum arose out of a rapist invulnerability work of a Equal Justice Initiative and a founder, Bryan Stevenson, initial representing bankrupt prisoners on Alabama’s genocide quarrel and after expanding to quarrel youthful life sentences and other manifestations of mass incarceration. Stevenson said, “It unequivocally springs from that knowledge of representing people in courts and commencement to see a boundary of how committed a courts are to eradicating taste and bias. we wish to get to a indicate where we knowledge something some-more like freedom. … we don’t consider we are going to get there until we emanate a new alertness about a history.” EJI’s investigate on lynchings, including a 2015 report, Lynching in America: Confronting a Legacy of Racial Terror, shows a transparent couple between lynchings and a genocide penalty. Counties and regions that currently lift out the most executions are a same places in that lynchings were many expected to take place, and a ongoing secular disposition in a focus of a genocide chastisement reflects a bequest of secular apprehension lynchings. “[I] trust that collateral punishment is a stepchild of lynching,” Stevenson said. “It was disproportionately used opposite people of color; it still continues to be made essentially by race.” As America’s tellurian allies pressured a nation to finish lynchings after World War II, Stevens said, “lynchings changed inside. We still executed mostly black people after record that were dangerous and unfair. We betrothed ‘swift justice,’ that was dictated to be a same thing as lynching but a spectacle, but a optic, but a mob.” Stevenson pronounced he was encouraged to emanate a commemorative and museum since a contention of a past is required to emanate a some-more only and equal society. “We haven’t combined spaces in this nation that tell a story of secular inequality, of slavery, of lynching, of separation that motivate people to say, ‘Never again,’” he said.

(The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Equal Justice Initiative; Oprah Winfrey, Inside a commemorative to victims of lynching, 60 Minutes, Apr 8, 2018; Kurtis Lee, ‘Capital punishment is a stepchild of lynching.’ Here’s what Bryan Stevenson hopes to residence with a commemorative honoring black people who were killed, Los Angeles Times, Apr 26, 2018; Jonathan Capehart, Bryan Stevenson wants us to confront a country’s secular terrorism and afterwards say, ‘Never again’, The Washington Post, Apr 24, 2018; Andrew J. Yawn, Path of reconciliation: A travel by a nation’s initial lynching memorial, Montgomery Advertiser, Apr 23, 2018; DeNeen L. Brown, ‘Lynch him!’: New lynching commemorative confronts a nation’s heartless story of secular terrorism, The Washington Post, Apr 24, 2018; John Donvan, A New National Memorial To Victims Of Lynching, 1A, Apr 24, 2018.) See History of a Death Penalty and Race.