Jefferson County Monument

In April 2018, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) opened a groundbreaking memorial in Montgomery dedicated to African American victims of racial terror lynchings called the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice contains monuments corresponding to over 800 counties where EJI documented racial terror lynchings.  Each county has a duplicate monument. EJI has invited these counties to retrieve their monument and take the lead in facilitating a local reckoning.

The National Memorial For Peace and Justice

In April 2018, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) opened a groundbreaking memorial in Montgomery dedicated to African American victims of racial terror lynchings called the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice contains monuments corresponding to over 800 counties where EJI documented racial terror lynchings.  Each county has a duplicate monument. EJI has invited these counties to retrieve their monument and take the lead in facilitating a local reckoning.

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Jefferson County’s Monument

The Jefferson County Memorial Project, a coalition formed from over 40 Jefferson County organizations and institutions, believes that we should erect the memorial in Linn Park. After much discussion, we support this decision because:

On November 24th, 1883, a white mob lynched Lewis Houston in Linn Park. This was the first of the thirty documented lynchings that occured in Jefferson County.

Linn Park was the route taken by those fighting against the poll tax, especially in the 1930’s. Voting rights was one of the core triggers that motivated the lynching of those who dared defend their rights.

Linn Park is the public space that connects the seat of City Government, City Hall, with the County Government, the Jefferson County Courthouse. These public entities allowed these acts of racial terror to occur. By placing the monument in Linn Park, we will remind our local government to never let such atrocities happen again.

Where should our monument go?

As this is a grassroots coalition, we want to make sure every process of retrieval is community lead. Do you think Linn Park is an appropriate place for our monument? 

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