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America's first monument for Racial history

Memorial for racism and slavery

Memorial for slavery

'The National Memorial for Peace and Justice' in memory of hundreds of black victims of black persecution and racial violence, which has been going on for centuries in America, opened last week in Alabama's Montgomery.


Equal justice

The Equal Justice Initiative, the organization that started this project, argues that the two-and-a-half millennium slavery did not end with the Civil War. This harassment changed into lynching, then racial segregation, suppression of civil rights, and after that, being turned into a partisan imprisonment on a racial basis.


Many countries in the world have accepted their shameful history: South Africa has divided apartheid. Germany made a memorial of the Holocaust, Canada apologized to the victims of exploitation. America has not acknowledged the violence against blacks for centuries, so far so clear and publicly accepted.
Brian Stevenson, founder and director of the Equal Justice Initiative, says that the country has to accept its failure to deal with the history of racial injustice to move forward.
This organization has recorded information about more than 4,000 black victims who were victims of lynching in the entire country, especially in southern parts between 1877 and 1950.
Black women, men and children were beaten, shot, hanged or burnt alive for reasons like trying to vote, seeking a drink followed by a white woman or seeking drinking water. Some of these were also allegations of crime, but before the court, the crowd only treated their kind with them.

Reason to choose Montgomery

There was a special reason for choosing Montgomery for the monument. At first, this place was the center of the Civil War Confederacy (support) that supported slavery, here even today there is a government holiday on the Confederate Memorial Day. Along with this, the Civil Rights Movement began from here, from which Martin Luther King Jr. started.
For more than a century, these victims of lynching are mostly unknown and unseen to the American public. Now people will know about them
According to the museum, 20 million Americans are still in captivity. The majority of them are black. One of the three black Americans is expected to go to jail once in his lifetime because the likelihood of convicting him as compared to a white man on the same crime is six times.
At the time of inauguration of the Museum and Memorial, civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis said that ignoring American racist history is not an option.
He said, "Some people say that this happened before, we should forget it. We should forget it. We can not forget what happened to hundreds of thousands of people. We will end racial violence.

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