Last Saturday, February 16, 2019, a group of ASMS students and faculty visited the Legacy Museum and Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.
Located on the site of a former warehouse where black people were enslaved in Montgomery, Alabama, The Legacy 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 Memorial for Peace and Justice sits 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.
“The Memorial for Peace and Justice was very educational,” says ASMS Junior Trinity Martinez “I learned a lot about the different things that minorities/blacks went through… and the statues were amazing and realistic!”
This trip was funded by a grant that ASMS Mathematics instructor Sarah Brewer received from an anonymous donor. The anonymous donor hopes to help every student within driving distance of Montgomery visit the memorial.
“For me, the trip to the museum was enlightening.” says ASMS Senior Kath Carraway “ I allowed myself to be empathetic and angry, but I think what got to me most were the quotes from enslaved people. It’s easy to reduce real human suffering to history or to brush past racism, but the exhibits forced me to confront those things head-on. I won’t say it was a particularly fun experience, but it was worthwhile. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to visit.”
Students were not the only ones who were moved by the museum and memorials message.
“I learned a great deal from the Legacy Museum including how today’s mass incarceration is linked to the slavery of the past,” says Instructor Kevin Dolbeare.
You can learn more about the Museum and Memorial here.
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