Montgomery, a museum just came to town. The Equal Justice Initiative opened the doors to the expanded The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration in a new location on Friday, October 1.
What is the Equal Justice Initiative?
The Equal Justice Initiative is a nonprofit founded by Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer and the author of Just Mercy. Stevenson is most known for his work to challenge death penalties in Alabama. The nonprofit’s goal is to:
- Conduct research and give recommendations to assist lawyers and policymakers
- Fight against racial injustice in the criminal justice system
- Protect basic human rights
- Provide legal representation to people who have been wrongly convicted or treated
What is The Legacy Museum?
The Legacy Museum’s goal is to promote equal rights and to bring attention to racial injustice. Reflecting the American history it shares, the museum is actually in a building where enslaved people were kept. The Legacy Pavilion, the museum’s welcome center, was designed by Williams Blackstock Architects, to honor local civil rights figures.
The museum includes artwork, displays and interactive elements. Topics of exhibits include the Civil Rights Era, injustice in the criminal justice system, Jim Crow Laws and Reconstruction. The Legacy Museum does not just teach about history. It also brings attention to the current problems within the US prison system.
“We believe that understanding our nation’s past is critical to finding a way forward on a range of contemporary issues.
We’re proud that the Legacy Museum can play a vital role in helping people learn American history that’s often not taught and empower everyone to build healthier communities.”Bryan Stevenson, Founder, Equal Justice Initiative
Plan your visit today
Are you going to be in Montgomery? Make sure you check out The Legacy Museum.
- Where: 400 N Court St, Montgomery, AL 36104
- Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 9AM-5PM
- Tickets: General Admission $5
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The Legacy Museum is another Alabama museum that helps us learn more about our history and to inspire change in our communities.
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