MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The grand opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum in downtown Montgomery takes place Thursday.
Several events will be held on April 26 and 27 to kick off the grand opening. A two-day summit will feature a host of scheduled speakers who will talk on a variety of topics. Admission to the Summit is $35, which includes guaranteed seating for three Justice Talks.
Below is a list of scheduled speakers and times for Day one:
- Michelle Alexander, Sherrilyn Ifill and Jelani Cobb- 10 a.m.
- Rev. Dr. William Barber with Chrystal Rucker- 12 p.m.
- Gloria Steinem, Marian Wright Edelman with Michel Martin– 2 p.m.
- Ava DuVernay, Anna Deavere Smith, and Elizabeth Alexander- 4 p.m.
Below is a list of scheduled speakers and times for Day two:
- Education in America: Race, Implicit Bias, and Saving our Children- 9 a.m.
- Vice President Al Gore: Climate Change and Environmental Justice– 11 a.m.
- Reforming Criminal Justice in America- 1 p.m.
- Activism and Identity: Changing How We Think About Justice- 3 p.m.
For information about each of the scheduled speakers, topics or tickets, click this link.
Following day one of the summit, a grand opening ceremony will be held at the Montgomery Convention Center at 6:30 p.m. with U.S. Congressman John Lewis and performer Bebe Winans.
EJI officials say the national memorial is the first comprehensive memorial dedicated to the lynchings of African Americans. It features 800 six-foot monuments that identify thousands of lynching victims from around the United States.
Just a few blocks away from the memorial is the Legacy Museum. The museum acknowledges the legacy of slavery and racial inequality in America, officials say.
Timed-entry tickets for the museum and memorial are available for between $5 and $10 each. Tickets to the grand opening ceremony $10 or the Peace and Justice Summit $25.
Along with the two-day summit and grand opening, a celebration concert featuring big names like The Roots, Usher, Dave Matthews and others will be held. Tickets will start around $50.
For more information about the tickets to the memorial, museum or concert, click this link.