Anticipation builds ahead of EJI Museum & Memorial grand opening

Last minute preparations, guests for EJI Memorial
Updated: Apr. 25, 2018 at 11:17 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The opening of the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery is already bringing people from around the country to Montgomery.

Being in Montgomery is a first for Cindy Spiegel, who made the trip from New York city to support EJI's founder Bryan Stevenson.

"I am a big supporter of Bryan Stevenson. He is a hero to me," said Siegel.

The anticipation continues to build as people who have traveled to Montgomery prepare to view both the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Legacy Museum during the grand opening Thursday.

"I feel like we are witnessing and making history," said Spiegel.

"I'm expecting to see something so unique that has been so missing from our historical narrative in this country, long overlooked and I think it's high time that we have this addition," said Linda Caudell-Feagan, visiting from Virginia.

"I think what it will do is tear at our soul, but it will also inspire," said Michael Caudell-Feagan.

"I think Oprah said it best, 'There is a reckoning that is happening,' so it is huge," said Kevin Wright, visiting from Minnesota.

The Sandridge family flew down from Pennsylvania to get a sneak peak of the museum Wednesday because their son Judah.

"He is one of the holograms that you will see in the museum," said Tiffany Sandridge.

For them this experience was life changing.

"It is important to know where you come from so you can understand what you need to do to move forward," said David Sandridge.

Both city and county leaders believes the opening weekend is allowing Montgomery to put its best foot forward.

"With these thousands and thousands of people who will be here this weekend and the many thousand that will come in the next five years, if they have a good experience, they will become our best ambassadors," said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange.

"It also gives Montgomery a chance to change the dynamics on where it was back in the day and the direction its going," said Elton Dean, Montgomery County Commission Chairman.

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