Montgomery

Each of the steel monuments represents a county where there were lynchings. This is the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the lynching memorial, in Montgomery, Alabama, opened in 2018. There are 800 steel posts etched with the names of the victims, 4,400 people in all. In this section, the monuments hang from the ceiling, heavy, forbidding, heartbreaking, beautiful.

Here is one of the life-size sculptures by Dana King of three women, a tribute to those who sustained the momentous Montgomery bus boycott.

We stopped in Montgomery specifically to see the memorial. We found a small, Southern city with a fabulous civil rights history proudly on display but also chilling–for instance, a historical marker for the place where slaves were warehoused, literally, between slave auctions.

Here’s a link to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice website.

Yes, it is worth a trip to Montgomery. Bonus for a visit: fried catfish with cheese grits at Central Restaurant downtown. Steve’s bonus: the local AA baseball team is called the Biscuits, and he got a hat.

5 thoughts on “Montgomery

  1. Any possibility I could or would want to live there? I know nothing of the South. Other than some beautiful pictures on line.
    Yes, that unnerving memorial is terribly heart breaking.
    Like walking through one of actual transport train cars the Nazis used to take the Jews to their ultimate deaths at the National Holocaust Museum in DC. Horrific. But I thank you for making/keeping me aware. ❤

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  2. In crazy synchronicity, I had dinner with a friend last night who told me all about this place, where she just visited. Hope alls well, Margot

    On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 11:26 PM Close Up and Far away wrote:

    > Pat Arnow posted: ” Each of the steel monuments represents a county where > there were lynchings. This is the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, > the lynching memorial, in Montgomery, Alabama, opened in 2018. There are > 800 steel posts etched with the names of the victims” >

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