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.

Why Linn Park?

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 twenty-nine 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 justified 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.

We recognize that the retrieval of the Jefferson County monument intersects with multiple Birmingham City initiatives, such as the Civil Rights District, the Alabama Bicentennial, and the discussion around the Confederate monument in Linn Park. This initiative is independent of these, yet certainly complements them. 

Your Feedback

This is only the coalition’s suggestion for where Jefferson County should place the monument. Please let us know your thoughts or suggestions on other potential places for the monument below.  Additionally, if you would like to be a part of this project, please fill out the form below:

As we move forward with this step of JCMP, we'll be reaching out to the community to understand what the design and retrieval of our monument will look like. Stay Tuned!
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