This documentary film is about lynching in the American South. Filmed at lynching sites in six states, it shares the stories of descendants, community activists, and scholars. This historical documentary both educates and serves as a hub for action to remember and reflect upon a long-hidden past. While serious and heavy in its subject, it is also about the freedom to respond in healthy ways that comes with truth-telling. As James Baldwin said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
Following this short film, discussion will include understanding this horrific part of our national story. Additional film footage will explore the new museum and memorial opening in late April in Montgomery, Alabama. The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice address both the history of slavery and lynching, and offer opportunities to address their legacy as experienced today in mass incarceration and disregard for black bodies.
Childcare is available if requested by Wednesday, April 4. Contact Lilly Hutchins.
For more information, talk with Louise Lawarre or Tracey DuEst, or email Louise at RacialJustice@huuc.net.
Visit the Equal Justice Initiative website to learn more about the new Museum and Memorial.
The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration
Located on the site of a former warehouse where black people were enslaved in Montgomery, Alabama, this narrative museum uses interactive media, sculpture, videography and exhibits to immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and the world’s largest prison system. Compelling visuals and data-rich exhibits provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to investigate America’s history of racial injustice and its legacy — to draw dynamic connections across generations of Americans impacted by the tragic history of racial inequality.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
More than 4,400 African American men, women, and children were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Millions more fled the South as refugees from racial terrorism, profoundly impacting the entire nation. Until now, there has been no national memorial acknowledging the victims of racial terror lynching. On a six-acre site atop a rise overlooking Montgomery, the national lynching memorial is a sacred space for truth-telling and reflection about racial terror in America and its legacy.