Recently, I had some time to visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery Alabama. It was quite the experience learning about how frequently Black people (mostly) were lynched in the United States. Well over 4000 cases of lynching related to racial terror were reported from 1877 to 1950.
The museum is outside, and on my overcast day seemed really monochromatic. You walk in a long circle surrounded by columns listing every reported lynching in every county and state. You start at the same level as the columns and descend down into the museum. The columns are then on top of you as you look up to them as if you were witnessing a lynching. It was hard to try to read all of those names, but I am glad I made the attempt.
History is important, and so much of it is obscured for an agenda. Relating back to the subject of the blog, this is one of the reasons why Black people do not own more land, as many of the lynchings were followed by land theft. For me this gave me a great sense of gratitude to be here. The survivor of all this racism, and legacy of slavery. Try to go if you can. If you ever find yourself in Montgomery, definitely visit