MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative announced America's first national memorial dedicated to the victims of racial terror lynching and museum dedicated to slavery will open in April.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice will be located in Montgomery and will sit on six acres of land overlooking Montgomery near Cottage Hill. It will be the first national memorial to victims of lynching.
The accompanying museum will be situated adjacent to the EJI's offices downtown. The site is within 150 yards of one of the South's most prominent slave auction sites. Both projects are expected to open in the spring of 2018.
According to EJI officials, the museum and memorial are part of 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 opening date 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, EJI officials say.
Tickets for admission to the museum and the memorial are now available at this website. Additional information about the opening program activities is expected to be available in the coming weeks.