20 Images From The Legacy Museum’s Haunting ‘Lynching Memorial’

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Thanks to funding by The Equal Justice Initiative, The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration opened in 2018 at the location of a former cotton warehouse and slave pen. The building runs about 11,000 square feet wide on its own, but down the street is the National Memorial for Peace and Justice which many have dubbed the “Lynching Memorial.”


The gut wrenching exhibits honor the Black people senselessly slaughtered during slavery as well as those lynched during the Jim Crow Era. The names of about 4,400 individuals are featured in the memorial, including heartbreaking statue depictions of enslaved individuals during the slave trade, chained and shackled like animals.

These images are not for the weak of heart.

If you are still deciding on when to take your trip to Montgomery, Ala., take a look at this gallery of photos to get an idea of what you can expect upon your visit.

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