City Committees

Local leaders in cities have created committees to work within their municipalities. These committees host events, work with their city schools, and try to better understand their own city’s history. Some cities are also sites of documented terrors lynchings and so, in partnership with EJI, are working to bring historical markers to these sites of terror.

If you are from one of the following cities and would like to join their coalition or are from a city not listed and would be interested in starting a coalition, email info@jeffersoncountymemorial.com:

The Bessemer Coalition for Black History is working towards a historical marker for the four lynching victims in Bessemer, Hardy Posey, John Thomas, John Chandler, and William Smith. On  Sunday, October 20, 2019, they help a soil collection ceremony for these four men.

If you would like to participate in the planning process or donate materials, please complete this link.

Brookside is working towards a historical marker to commemorate the victims of lynchings at Brookside Mines. 

To get involved, email brooksidecivicleague@gmail.com

The Crestwood/Forest Park/Avondale Committee works to educate their community on the purpose of this history. Their main project is a Social Justice Book Group that has now been meeting for over a year. They began reading all of JCMP 2019’s summer book club suggestions and have continued to expand on the topic since.
Everyone is welcome to participate!
If you live in the Crestwood/Avondale/Forest Park area, reach out to Jane Hiles, njhiles@samford.edu, to get involved.

Irondale is working toward a soil collection and historical marker for William Wardley. Alex Melonas and Pastor Mike McClure lead the coalition. To get involved, email amelonas@altamontschool.org.

Join their facebook page to stay up to date on upcoming events, https://www.facebook.com/irondalememorialproject/

Homewood Committee Hosts several events each year to engage their community in the importance of this history. To get involved, join their facebook page:


Some Past events included:

  • Ambassador Training on Monday, 10/7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Working Group on Thursday, 10/24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Homewood Library
  • “Understanding Empathy & Awareness Workshop” with T. Marie King

The Emmit O’Neal Library will be joining the JCMP Book Discussion in November. Join thier conversation!

Wednesday, November 6th, 6pm, Just Mercy

Wednesday, December 4th, 6pm, Homegoing 

Saturday, January 25th, 2:30pm, Strange Fruit

Pratt City is working towards a historical marker to commemorate the victims of lynchings at Pratt Mines. 

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