The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration

The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration Visit the Legacy Museum and the other Legacy Sites in Montgomery, Alabama.
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Follow The Legacy Sites — the account for EJI’s three Legacy Sites in Montgomery: The Legacy Museum, The National Memori...
10/11/2023

Follow The Legacy Sites — the account for EJI’s three Legacy Sites in Montgomery: The Legacy Museum, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, and Freedom Monument Sculpture Park.

10/11/2023
We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, ...
09/29/2021

We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama. Admission is free from October 1 through October 3 with special gifts for visitors. Situated on a site where enslaved Black people were warehoused and forced to labor in bo***ge, the Legacy Museum offers an immersive experience with cutting-edge technology, world class art and a critically important scholarship about American history.

Visit the Legacy Museum: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration.

09/29/2021
02/01/2019
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Legacy Museum is offering free admission today.
01/21/2019

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Legacy Museum is offering free admission today.

EJI Offering Free Admission to Museum and Memorial on MLK DayJanuary 18, 2019PrintemailIn honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, EJI is offering free admission to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum on Monday, January 21, 2019. The national holiday on Monday celebrates th...

"Like a great legal argument, the Legacy Museum relies on both emotion and a precise accumulation of evidence." - The Ne...
07/19/2018

"Like a great legal argument, the Legacy Museum relies on both emotion and a precise accumulation of evidence." - The New Yorker

The Equal Justice Initiative has documented four thousand and seventy-five lynchings in twelve states between 1877 and 1950. This death toll includes eight hundred more murders than scholars had previously counted.

Check out our new interactive website, Segregation in America, containing a new report detailing widespread 20th century...
07/11/2018

Check out our new interactive website, Segregation in America, containing a new report detailing widespread 20th century opposition to racial equality, videos documenting the segregation era, and a visualization of Confederate monuments as they stand throughout the United States.

Understanding the opposition to racial equality.

06/25/2018

I thought I knew about the ubiquity of racism. I was wrong.

Really great coverage by WNYC Radio's On the Media of The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and  The Legacy Museum...
06/25/2018

Really great coverage by WNYC Radio's On the Media of The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration.

How do you fix a case of national amnesia? A case study in Berlin, and in Montgomery.

"The purpose of the Legacy Museum is not to tell a tale of progress, but to document and dramatize a continuing conditio...
06/02/2018

"The purpose of the Legacy Museum is not to tell a tale of progress, but to document and dramatize a continuing condition of race-based oppression, one that has changed form over time, but not substance."

The powerful National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Alabama is meant to perturb, not console — and to encourage truth-telling far and wide.

"The new museum and memorial in Montgomery are necessary first stops for a civil rights tour...They show that the devalu...
05/04/2018

"The new museum and memorial in Montgomery are necessary first stops for a civil rights tour...They show that the devaluation of black life upon which slavery relied did not just evaporate, but haunts the country still." - Brent Staples in The New York Times Opinion Section.

A new memorial and museum in Montgomery, Ala., bring attention to a disturbing chapter of the nation’s history — one that in some ways lives on.

"I don't think we've actually done a very good job of acknowledging the pain and agony, the suffering, the humiliation, ...
05/03/2018

"I don't think we've actually done a very good job of acknowledging the pain and agony, the suffering, the humiliation, the complete denial of humanity that slavery created for black people on this continent." - Bryan Stevenson to NPR.

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opens Thursday in Montgomery, Ala., and includes monuments to victims of lynchings. Organizers say it's time "to confront the brutality."

EJI applauds the Montgomery Advertiser's honest reckoning with its shameful past. Truth must come before reconciliation.
05/01/2018

EJI applauds the Montgomery Advertiser's honest reckoning with its shameful past. Truth must come before reconciliation.

The Montgomery Advertiser recognizes its own shameful place in the history of these dastardly, murderous deeds.

Open Today in Montgomery, Alabama.  The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration.  Please join us.
04/26/2018

Open Today in Montgomery, Alabama. The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. Please join us.

Doubt by Titus Kaphar on display at The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration.  Please come visit the ne...
04/24/2018

Doubt by Titus Kaphar on display at The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. Please come visit the new museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

"We’re not doomed by this history. We’re not even defined by it. But we do have to face it.”
04/23/2018

"We’re not doomed by this history. We’re not even defined by it. But we do have to face it.”

A new memorial and museum offer a clear narrative from slavery to the recent arrest of two black men at a Starbucks.

The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration.  Confronting the legacy of racial terror.  Opening Thursday, ...
04/15/2018

The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. Confronting the legacy of racial terror. Opening Thursday, April 26th.

VIDEO: Watch Bryan Stevenson and Anthony Ray Hinton discuss The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration an...
04/09/2018

VIDEO: Watch Bryan Stevenson and Anthony Ray Hinton discuss The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and The Sun Does Shine on CBS This Morning.

Anthony Ray Hinton lingered on death row for nearly 30 years for crimes he did not commit

04/09/2018

Why build a national memorial and museum about America's history of racial inequality in Montgomery, Alabama?

04/09/2018

Please watch a new video about EJI's The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. Construction is underway in Montgomery, Alabama!

04/09/2018

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Last week, the Alabama Tourism Department recognized the Legacy Museum—which provides a comprehensive history of the U.S. with a focus on the legacy of slavery—as its 2022 Attraction of the Year. "We’re honored that the new museum has been recognized as the Attraction of the Year,” said EJI Director Bryan Stevenson. "And we’re proud that the Legacy Museum can play a vital role in helping people learn American history and empowering everyone to build healthier communities."
We are thrilled to announce the opening of our new Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in Montgomery, Alabama. Admission is free from October 1 through October 3 with special gifts for visitors. Situated on a site where enslaved Black people were warehoused and forced to labor in bo***ge, the Legacy Museum offers an immersive experience with cutting-edge technology, world class art and a critically important scholarship about American history.