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National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Legacy Museum Grand Opening
April 26, 2018 - April 28, 2018
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice will acknowledge an era of racial terror in the United States when thousands of African Americans were lynched and publicly tortured, sometimes in the presence of thousands of people. Designed with hundreds of six-foot, corten steel monuments aligned in a structure that sits above the city of Montgomery, EJI’s memorial will feature new sculptures from African and African American artists that explore slavery, segregation, and contemporary issues of racial inequality. The spacious park holding the memorial will include a monument for every county in America where a racial terror lynching took place that can be claimed by community groups and installed locally.
A few blocks away from the memorial, EJI will open The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, which explores slavery, lynching, segregation, and mass incarceration in America on a site where enslaved people were once warehoused. Located a few steps away from what was once one of the most prominent slave markets in America, and from a port and rail station that trafficked thousands of enslaved black people in the mid-19th century, the new narrative museum will offer ground-breaking, interactive content that takes visitors on a journey through our nation’s difficult past. Sculpture, fine art, and technology will be combined with original research and multi-media presentations to create a unique cultural experience.
The April 26 opening 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. From April 26-29, EJI is expecting thousands of visitors to travel to Montgomery to celebrate the launch of these important new American institutions.
Timed entry tickets are required for the Museum. To make sure you’re able to experience both the Museum and Memorial on your preferred days, we suggest purchasing tickets online in advance of your visit.
Memorial Tickets: $5
Museum Tickets: $8
Combintation Tickets: $10
It is a short 16-minute walk from the museum to the memorial. We encourage you to visit both sites and walk through Historic Montgomery between the two spaces.