Since I was in Atlanta visiting my parents I decided to do a little girls road trip with my sister and friends to Alabama. Montgomery was a short 2.5 hour drive and the purpose of going was to visit the newly opened Memorial for Peace and Justice. The memorial was only $10 and that was for both the Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. They were a 15 minute walk away from each other and about a 5 minute drive.
The first one we went to was The Legacy Museum. There were no picture taking or recording allowed so unfortunately I wasn't able to get any photos but it was a well put together museum. The building was actually a warehouse used to store slaves back in the day so it was very interesting being in there. The most touching part of the museum for me was the hologram people who were behind cells who actually spoke to you. They had two kids in cells who were asking you if you saw their mother because she was taken away from them. I couldn't even imagine being taken away from my son which then he would become an orphan as most of the kids became.
I really like the fact that there were a lot of hands-on things to do in the museum. There was an area with 6 phone booths and once you picked up the phone and put it to your ear the inmate on the screen was talking to you through the phone telling you how they got there and their story of injustice.
It took me about an hour or a little over an hour to go through the entire museum and I gained so much knowledge of current and past events that took place in America.
The very last part of the museum was a Photo Booth where you were able to take a photo and have it emailed to you which a really cute idea.
The Memorial for Peace and Justice was an outside memorial that paid tribute to the lynch victims around the US. Its crazy to think that the last documented lynch was just in1968..not that long ago. The first thing you come accross when you walked into the memorial were extremely powerful statues of slaves showing the pain they endured as slaved wrapped in chains.
......And O my people, out yonder, hear me, they do not love your neck unnoosed and straight. So love your neck; put a hand on it, grace it, stroke it and hold it up. and all your inside parts that they'd just as soon slop for hogs, you gotta love them. The dark, dark liver--love it, love it and the beat and beating heart, love that too. More than eyes or feet. More than lungs that have yet to draw free air. More than your life-holding womb and your life-giving private parts, hear me now, love your heart. For this is the prize......
This passage is soooo important because it provides an example of positive body image in conflicting relation to the dehumanization of slavery
The detail in the faces of these slaves are so powerful. Just looking at the faces and the body language of the status gave me chills.
I thought this was a clever idea. Family members of lynch victims take soil from where the lynching happened and they combine it together in remembrance. There were tons of undocumented lynchings so unfortunately those family members have no idea of it and don't have chance to participate.
This is such a deep art work!
I would highly recommend checking out this museum if your ever in Montgomery. You not regret it! If you have any questions about the memorial or the museum feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com and go ahead and follow my instgram page @flywithqueenie