About Us

Our Core Coalition

In June 2018, a group of Jefferson County residents created the JCMP Coalition to help guide our county in coming together to understand this history. Our members include:

Graham C. Boettcher, Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art, assumed his newest role as Director in 2017 after joining the Museum as a Curatorial Fellow in 2006 and then serving as Curator of American Art, Chief Curator, and Deputy Director. Under his leadership, the Museum strives to draw in all members of the community with its programming and celebrate the many cultures represented in its extensive collection and across the Birmingham metropolitan area.

Joi Brown, Marketing Manager for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, works to build strong connections with a diverse audience by spreading the message of the Institute’s mission: to enlighten each generation about civil and human rights by exploring our common past and working together in the present to build a better future.  As a former arts educator, she now uses her creativity to create effective branding and lasting impressions in the nonprofit sector.

Carol Clarke, Project Director and Community Development Specialist for Corporate Realty Development, brings her background in community development and project management together with her experience with public-private partnerships and passion for urban revitalization. Corporate Realty’s development strategy focuses on not only underutilized properties and assets, but also on a holistic and strategic vision for the surrounding areas.

Scott Douglas, Executive Director of Greater Birmingham Ministries, utilizes his extensive experience in community organizing, advocacy, and nonprofit work throughout the Southeast to lead the multi-faith, multi-racial organization as it provides emergency services for people in need. GBM engages the poor and the non-poor in systemic change efforts to build a strong, supportive, engaged community and pursue a more just society for all people.

Myeisha Hutchinson, Jefferson County Outreach Manager for Congresswoman Terri Sewell, oversees the Office’s intergovernmental and external affairs. A lifelong resident of Woodlawn, her training in community organizing has come from a range of local and national organizations including the Highlander Research and Education Center, Congressional Black Caucus Political Boot Camp, Leadership Birmingham, and Leadership Alabama’s Alabama Leadership Initiative.

T. Marie King is an activist, speaker, trainer, and voice for progress in the City of Birmingham. She is passionate about creating pathways to healing, teaching empathy and methods to nonviolence, curating community events to facilitate connections, and building a better global community. King is a faculty member with the Satyagraha Institute and a trained empathic facilitator, presenting at seminars touching youth, college students, and adults.

Meg Daniel Nelson, Director of Development at Create Birmingham, works with nonprofits, artists, and social enterprises to enhance fundraising and marketing campaigns, initiate new programs and evaluate existing ones, build community partnerships, and strategize for sustainability. Create Birmingham is the only agency in the region exclusively dedicated to the economic development of Birmingham’s nonprofit and commercial creative industries.

In college, Abigail wrote her theses on forgotten lynchings in Illinois and helped orchestrate lynching commemoration ceremonies in other towns. As JCMP’s Project Director, Abigail manages all aspects of the Jefferson County Memorial Project and coordinates our extensive network of community partners and volunteers.

Jim Sokol is a life-long civic volunteer who has lent his organizational and community expertise to numerous local institutions and causes. He has served as chair of the Anti-Defamation League, Birmingham Jewish Foundation, and Birmingham Crisis Center, the vice chair of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Birmingham Museum of Art, and on the boards of numerous organizations including Leadership Birmingham, Living in Limbo, and Pathways.

Coalition Committees

Dedicated volunteers lead our committees to further JCMP’s goals. If you’re interested in joining one of these committees, please email info@jeffersoncountymemorial.com

Marie King

The Public Education committee coordinates with our community partners to host events and collaborations that allow our community to better understand this history.

Carol Clarke, Roman Gary, and Cindy Coyle

The Site Design committee will create an intentional design process for placing the monument and the accompanying historical markers in Jefferson County.

The Public Relations/Marketing committee coordinates JCMP community partner engagement events, works with press on coverage for JCMP, and helps coordinate the hiring of local graphic designers, web developers and photographers. If you have any press inquiries, reach out to press@jeffersoncountymemorial.com.  

Jim Sokol, Mary Boehm, Gail Andrews

The Fundraising committee ensures we have the necessary financial support at varying levels from all parts of the communityto make our retrieval process intentional and effective, properly honoring the 30 documented racial terror victims.  

Connie Kohler

The Correctional Facility Involvement committee will work to bring the voices of incarcerated people to the public through the Jefferson County Memorial Project and work with inmates and staff to identify and complete a project that will be of value to them.

Scott Douglas, Joyce Shevin

The Interfaith Interpretation committee invites faith leaders to interpret and translate the importance of the JCMP’s work into their faith communities to cultivate expanded community involvement and expand the reach and impact of this work.

Abigail Schneider

The Fellowship committee trained Jefferson County college students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines to complete primary and genealogical research on the documented victims. You can read their report here. The students also are campus ambassadors, hosting events on at their respective schools for JCMP.

Kate Crawford

The Museums committee will coordinate a four-part exhibit at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Studio 2500 and UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts and host programming around how art can help interpret and reconcile with this history.

Janet Bronstein

The Community Arts committee will work with local artists, once the monument arrives in Jefferson County, to create work responding to the monument, this history, and present day issues of social justice.

Mary Boehm

The Student Involvement committee works to connect teachers to JCMP’s work and will work with EJI to host a high school essay contest in our county.  

Juliet Hemingway and Kristie Williams

The Educator sub-committee of the Student Involvement committee of JCMP is collecting resources and creating content for lesson plans that allow middle and high school classes to engage with this history and its legacies.

Interfaith Interpretation Committee hosts a breakfast for faith based leaders

Our Community Partners

Community partners have partnered with JCMP in a wide variety of ways. All of the partners below have agreed to educate their organizations on our work, help promote events or partner with us for a community engagement, and attend bi-annual meetings. Besides this, each partnership takes on a unique form. For instance, AEIVA and BCRI have hosted exhibits and events in partnership with JCMP. The universities provide advising support to our JCMP Fellows. We’ve co-hosted events with Magic City Bar, Alabama Dance Council, The Listening Project, and many others! Would you like to be a CP? Email  info@jeffersoncountymemorial.com.

  • Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts
  • Alabama Dance Council
  • Alabama Faith in Action
  • Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation
  • ARC Outreach Center, Bessemer 
  • Birmingham AIDS Outreach
  • Birmingham City Schools 
  • Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  • Birmingham Holocaust Education Center
  • Birmingham Islamic Community 
  • Birmingham Jewish Federation
  • Birmingham Museum of Art

 

  • Birmingham-Southern College
  • Breakthrough Birmingham
  • City of Bessemer (Mayor’s Office)
  • City of Birmingham (Mayor’s Office)
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • Create Birmingham
  • Desert Island Supply Co. 
  • Greater Birmingham Arts Education Collaborative
  • Greater Birmingham Ministries
  • Foundation for Arts and Cultural Connections 
  • Highlands United Methodist Church
  • Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama
  • HIVE Alabama 
  • Jefferson County Commission
  • Jefferson State Community College 
  • Kids in Birmingham, 1963
  • Lawson State Community College 
  • Magic City Acceptance Center
  • Magic City Bar Association
  • Miles College
  • Mission Impossible Inc. 
  • No More Martyrs 
  • Offender Alumni Association 
  • Red Mountain Theatre Company

 

  • Rotaract 
  • The Regenerative Society 
  • Samford University
  • Studio 2500
  • Space One Eleven
  • The Altamont School 
  • The Listening Project
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham 
  • Urban Impact
  • White Birminghamians for Black Lives 
  • YWCA Central Alabama 

 

JCMP Staff

She came to Birmingham after graduating from Yale through Venture for America, a fellowship program for recent graduates interested in job creation in American cities, working first as Product Manager at Giattina Aycock Architecture Studio and then as Product Associate at Azlo. She has written her thesis on forgotten lynchings in Illinois and helped orchestrate lynching commemoration ceremonies in other towns. As  JCMP’s Project Director, Abigail manages all aspects of the Jefferson County Memorial Project and coordinates our extensive network of community partners and volunteers.

Lauren Harris is a multidisciplinary producer and designer who specializes in video production, writing and motion graphic design. She was raised in Bessemer, AL and graduated high school from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in 2014. In 2018, she graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications in Evanston, IL. Today, she works full time at NBCUniversal where she’s participating in the NBCUniversal Page Program. If you’re interested in hiring her for creative projects, please reach out at lharriscreative@gmail.com.

You!

JCMP strives to be a community comprehensive coalition. Thank you for visiting this site and wanting to learn more about our work.  Everything we do is made possible by our volunteers. Would you like to be one? Join Us! We send out periodic emails providing information on upcoming events, as well as volunteer opportunities  that range from one- to two-hour commitments to month-long engagements.

JCMP Members at Training learning about this history and discuss how to engage their communities in this work
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