MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – The Equal Justice Initiative will expand its National Peace and Justice Memorial with a new sculpture.
According to EJI, the new “Community Reckoning” expansion features a sculpture by artist Branly Cadet that depicts thousands of people across the country engaged in community remembrance work. It also includes steel replicas of almost 50 landmark monuments.
EJI said the “Arise” sculpture showcases the work of local citizens helping their communities remember and heed history.
“We believe it is important that truth and justice work go local and that every community that witnessed the horror of the lynching reckon with that story through commemoration,” said EJI’s Executive Director. , Bryan Stevenson. “We are thrilled that so many communities have responded to the invitation to address the stories of racial terror and violence since the opening of the National Memorial in 2018.”
EJI opened the new and expanded Legacy Museum in September 2021. Located on a former cotton warehouse site, the museum offers visitors a comprehensive history of the United States, focusing on inheritance and slavery.
The Legacy Museum and accompanying expansions are located at 400 N. Court Street.
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