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Montgomery & Selma, Alabama

During our winter road trip Holly and I toured the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace & Justice in Montgomery as well as the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. We were deeply touch with an almost overwhelming sorrow but we were glad that we took the time to visit these areas. It is a part of our history that we need to share and we wish that everyone in our country would consider taking this tour.

Memorial

The day that we visited the National Memorial for Peace and Justice was cloudy and overcast. It was very fitting for the way we were feeling. This is a place that everyone should take the time to visit but be aware that the sadness can be overwhelming.

A Striking Sculpture

I was told that I could take photographs while touring the National Memorial for Peace and Justice as long as my work was tastefully done. This scene just struck me deeply. In the background you can see the hanging representation for each of the counties in each of the states listing the names of each individual. This sculpture is titled is a monument to the transatlantic slave trade and the artist is Kwame Akoto-Bamfo.

Unknown

I was full of deep, dark sorrow while touring the National Memorial for Peace and Justice but what struck me and saddened me most was the listings of Unknown.

Hard Times

This is another sculpture from the memorial in Montgomery.

Thousands

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, Alabama. "Thousands of African Americans are Unknown Victims of Racial Terror Lynchings Whose Deaths Cannot be Documented, Many Whose Names Will Never be Known. They are all Honored Here".

So Many

This is just a small amount of the many, many sculptural representations (hanging steel rectangles, the size and shape of coffins) that document each person that was lynched in each of the individual counties in our country. It is an overwhelming sight to experience. More than 4075 documented lynchings of African Americans took place between 1877 and 1950, with most concentrated in 12 Southern states.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

This memorial includes a rectangular metal sculpture listing the names of those that had been hung in each individual county/state.

Over 4400

While touring the memorial we were told that there are over 4400 names represented.

Sacred Soil

There has been a very concerted effort to dig up a gallon jar's worth of soil at each of the lynchings sites that had taken place across our country with each jar listing the name(s) of those lynched at that particular site. This is one of many sets of shelves that are in both the National Memorial for Peace & Justice and the Legacy Museum. I was not allowed to take photographs in the Legacy Museum due to the restrictions that have been put in place. Fortunately they allow photography at the memorial.

Artwork From Selma

This is one of the many pieces of framed photography at the Selma Interpretive Center. It is a very striking and heartfelt collection of work.

Edmund Pettus Bridge

Selma Alabama. The site of Bloody Sunday, March 7, 1965. Holly and I wanted to hike the bridge while in town but it was raining heavily during our visit.

"Raise Up"

By Hank Willis Thomas. This sculpture represents the systemized police violence directed towards African American men.

Let's all Remember

At least that is my wish.