Keepers of the Way travelled to Montgomery, AL to visit both the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice Sunday June 26, 2022. Our decision to not have our typical Celebration in the park was an expansion of the way we celebrate by acknowledging all that we know has transpired. To those, whose lives have been taken, we MUST remember. They are our fortification to stand strong, they are the voices that drive us to remember ALL of our history so that our resilience is fortified though truth and fact. This interactive and deeply compelling exhibit was well worth the trip. We arrived around 11:00 am local time and began our museum visit shortly thereafter.
“The Legacy Museum employs unique technology to tell the story of how slavery evolved through the eras of racial terror lynchings, legalized racial segregation, and mass incarceration…These compelling visual and data-rich exhibits give visitors the opportunity to investigate America’s history of racial injustice and its legacy, and to connect generations of Americans impacted by the narrative of racial difference.”
Our experience far exceeded our expectations with the diverse amount of information, the knowledge filled documentaries in the various theaters to the interactive and immersive exhibits they had throughout. The Legacy Museum is a must see for all (appropriate for ages 12 and up).
We then visited The National Memorial for Peace and Justice which “is the nation’s first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved African Americans humiliated by racial segregation, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence.” The shear enormity of people listed, known and unknown, was mind blowing. It was quite an intense and humbling memorial. We left with a mixed bag of emotions from anger and confusion to sadness and grief to hope and inspiration.
KOW will sponsor another trip at a later date. If you are interested, feel free to email us or contact us on FB. We encourage everyone to plan a trip and visit the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL.