The museum and memorial are part of Equal Justice Initiative’s work to advance truth and reconciliation around race in America and to more honestly confront the legacy of slavery, lynching, and segregation.
“Our nation’s history of racial injustice casts a shadow across the American landscape,” EJI Director Bryan Stevenson explains. “This shadow cannot be lifted until we shine the light of truth on the destructive violence that shaped our nation, traumatized people of color, and compromised our commitment to the rule of law and to equal justice.”
The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration is situated on a site in Montgomery where enslaved people were once warehoused. A block from one of the most prominent slave auction spaces in America, the Legacy Museum is steps away from an Alabama dock and rail station where tens of thousands of black people were trafficked during the 19th century.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening to the public on April 26, 2018, will become the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence.
The Opening Ceremony on April 26, will feature John Lewis and other national leaders, and performances from artists including Bebe Winans, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. (General Admission $10)
CONCERT FOR PEACE & JUSTICE
Featuring performances by The Roots, Usher, Common, Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., and Kirk Franklin, plus very special guests, on April 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Riverwalk Amphitheater. (General Admission $51.50)
EJI PEACE AND JUSTICE SUMMIT
EJI will host two compelling days of events with nationally acclaimed speakers and performers at the Peace and Justice Summit from April 26-27. (Justice Summit Pass $25)
The opening will be accompanied by several days of educational panels and presentations from leading national figures, performances and concerts from acclaimed recording artists, and a large opening ceremony. From April 26-29, EJI is expecting thousands of visitors to travel to Montgomery to celebrate the launch of these important new American institutions.