National Memorial and Legacy Museum Heralded as Important New Institutions


Local, national, and international media are describing the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum, which opened last week, as powerful spaces for truthfully confronting American history.

In anticipation of the April 26 opening, Oprah Winfrey reported on the museum and memorial for 60 Minutes in early April, and the sites were featured on CNN. A profile on CBS This Morning featured Anthony Ray Hinton, who was exonerated after 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a crime he did not commit.

The New York Times declares, “There is nothing like it in the country.”

The Washington Post calls the memorial “one of the most powerful and effective new memorials created in a generation.” And Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt writes that the museum and memorial “offer an alternative, and overwhelmingly coherent, arc of the history of white supremacy from slavery to the arrest of two Black men at a Starbucks in Philadelphia this month.”

New York Times: A Museum That Makes White Liberals See the Horror of White Supremacy, 06/25/18

CBS-SF: Museum Remembers The Brutal Battle For Racial Equality, 06/18/18

WNYC: On the Media: The Worst Thing We’ve Ever Done, 06/01/18

New York Times: A Memorial to the Lingering Horror of Lynching, 06/01/18

Boston Globe: Bearing Witness to Slavery, 05/30/18

The Undefeated: National Lynching Memorial, 05/15/18

Citylab: A Space to Hold the Horrors of Lynching, 05/15/18

Tallahasee (Fla.) Democrat: Claim Our Monument and Bring Racial Justice to Leon County, 05/15/18

San Francisco Chronicle: Why You Should Visit the National Lynching Memorial in Alabama, 05/08/18

The Root: Lynching Memorial: Ghanaian Artist Hopes Sculpture Captures Shared Pain Between African Americans and the Motherland, 05/07/18

Rolling Stone: On a Hill in Alabama, the Lynched Haunt Us, 05/05/18

New York Times: Their Ancestors Were on Opposite Sides of a Lynching. Now, They’re Friends. 05/04/18

The Marshall Project: The Legacy of a Lynching, 05/03/18

Slate: Why Lynching Still Matters, 05/01/18

The Marshall Project: Rewriting the Story of Civil Rights, 04/30/18

All Things Considered: Peace and Justice Memorial Seeks to Make Horror of Lynching Understood, 04/28/18

All Things Considered: Descendant of Slave Owner: Lynching Memorial Brings to Light a ‘Buried Narrative,’ 04/28/18

New York Times: Ida B. Wells and the Lynching of Black Women, 04/28/18

PBS NewsHour: A National Memorial Confronts the Terror of Lynching, 04/27/18

The New Yorker: A Devastating, Overdue National Memorial to Lynching Victims, 04/26/18

The Guardian: The Sadism of White Men — Why America Must Atone for its Lynchings, 04/26/18

NPR: New Lynching Memorial Is a Space ‘To Talk About All of That Anguish,’ 04/26/18

Los Angeles Times: Bryan Stevenson calls lynchings domestic terrorism. Here’s what he hopes to address with a memorial honoring Black people who were killed. 04/26/18

New York Times: A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It. 04/25/18

New York Times Magazine: A Lynching’s Long Shadow, 04/25/18

New York Times: At This Memorial, the Monuments Bleed, 04/25/18

New York Times: So the South’s White Terror Will Never Be Forgotten, 04/25/18

Washington Post: It’s Time for These Counties to Reclaim Their Grisley History of Lynching, 04/25/18

Here and Now: Relative of Lynching Victim Reflects on Meaning Behind New Memorial, 04/25/18

Artnet News: A Look Inside the New Alabama Museum and Memorial Boldly Confronting Slavery and Its Brutal Legacy, 04/25/18

The Root: The New Lynching Memorial and Legacy Museum Force Us to Bear Witness to our Whole American Truth, 04/25/18

Washington Post: A Powerful Memorial in Montgomery Remembers the Victims of Lynching, 04/24/18

Washington Post: ‘Lynch him!’: New Lynching Memorial Confronts the Nation’s Brutal History of Racial Terrorism, 04/24/18

Washington Post: Bryan Stevenson Wants Us to Confront Our Country’s Racial Terrorism and then say, “Never Again,” 04/24/18

1A from NPR: A New National Memorial to Victims of Lynching, 04/24/18

WSFA News: Daughter of Lowndes County Lynching Victim Praises EJI’s Efforts, 04/24/18

WHNT News (Huntsville): Memorial Honoring Lynching Victims to Open Thursday in Montgomery, 04/24/18

Washington Post: Is This When America Was Great? 04/22/18

Associated Press: New Lynching Memorial Evokes Terror of Victims, 04/23/18

Wisconsin Public Radio: Twin Ports Residents Travel to National Lynching Memorial, 04/24/18

WRBL (Birmingham); The National Memorial for Peace and Justice Set to Open in Montgomery, 04/23/18

The Charlotte Observer: New Museum Offers a Chance to Acknowledge a Shameful History, 04/23/18

Associated Press: New Lynching Memorial Offers Chance to Remember, Heal, 04/21/18

Montgomery Advertiser: Series: Legacy of Lynchings: America’s Shameful History of Racial Terror