Emotions continue on day 2 of EJI museum & memorial opening
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - People have traveled from all across the United States to tour the legacy museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Even though the memorial opened Thursday, lines were just as long Friday afternoon as people were waiting to get a first-hand look at the new museum.
There have been a lot of emotions the last two days and especially Friday as people continued to display that emotion as they exited the museum.
A few have said that museums like the peace and justice memorial should be set up all across the the United States because, "if we don't acknowledge our past... we're doomed to repeat it.
"It is history. Let's talk about it, like to uncover it instead of covering it lets uncover it and look at all that's happened," said Rowanne Elliott, who has traveled from Arkansas.
Tuscaloosa native Lamonica Little agrees with Rowanne Elliott.
"It's an ugly part of American history but it is part of American history, so instead of shying away from it we need to confront it sowe can learn aout it so that we don't repeat the same mistakes of the past.
"It's about truth. You can't walk in the night, you can't walk in the untruth. The light we're able to see now reveals the way things really are so we're able to see what we really are, we can move in a positive direction otherwise we're walking in darkness," said Shaun King from Tuscaloosa.
"Very affirming experience that things that have happened to black people in America are true things that happened and we are truly impacted by it even today," said Texas resident Angela Ward.
According to the Equal Justice Initiative, more than 4,000 African-American were lynched in the span of 70 years. EJI also says more than 360 were lynched in Alabama.
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