Editorial: Montgomery helps heal

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery has taken a step in the right direction to help heal the wounds of slavery, unlawful lynchings and racial inequality with the opening of The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum.

The Legacy Museum was built on the site of a former warehouse where enslaved black people were imprisoned and is located midway between a historic slave market and the main river dock and train station where tens of thousands of enslaved people were trafficked during the height of the domestic slave trade.

The Memorial for Peace and Justice was conceived with the hope of creating a sober, meaningful site where people can gather and reflect on America's history of racial inequality.  Visitors are taken on a journey from slavery, through lynching and racial terror, with text, narrative, and monuments to the lynching victims in America.

These venues serve as a reminder of a history we need not forget and more importantly never repeat.  They won't change the past, but hopefully, they will help heal the emotional wounds and help close the racial divide that sadly still exists in this country.

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