(Photograph courtesy of Human Pictures/Equal Justice Initiative) 

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened April 26 in Montgomery, Alabama. The memorial, along with the nearby Legacy Museum, provides a sweeping look at the history of racial injustice and violence against African-Americans—from slavery, to post-Reconstruction terror, to Jim Crow segregation, to today’s mass incarceration of African- Americans. The centerpiece of the memorial (created with the MASS Design Group) comprises more than 800 weathered steel monuments (seen in the photo), one for each US county where a documented case of a lynching of an African-American took place. The name of the person who was lynched and the date of the lynching are inscribed on each monument. The memorial and museum were created by Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization that litigates on behalf of people who have been denied fair and just treatment by the criminal justice system.

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