first_imgMontgomery’s new National Memorial for Peace and Justice hosted its grand opening Friday, and WVUA 23’s Jabaree Prewitt was there.The museum honors African-Americans who died in racially motivated lynchings, and the memorial begins with a life-size sculpture of six people in shackles, including a mother with a baby in her arms. Then, thousands of names written on 800 monuments hanging above visitors’ heads.There’s a monument for each county where the killings happened, according to the Equal Justice Initiative. The organization documented more than 4,000 racial lynchings between 1877 and 1950.“The EJI Museum and memorial is one of a kind in the country,” said Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Tyshawn Gardner. “It’s very moving, deeply impactful and I encourage everyone to come see it.”Robert and Louise Lewis traveled to Montgomery from Northport for the two-day celebration, and said the experience was moving.“You think about people who were falsely accused, wrongfully dealt with in a way they should not have been, and people who had no voice, and I look at those monuments, the ones that are hanging,”  Robert Lewis said. “These are people who got no justice.”last_img

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