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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 Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP) was created in June 2018 shortly thereafter. The memorial structure is centered around over 800 steel monuments, one for each of the more than 800 counties in the United States the counties where EJI documented racial terror lynchings. EJI has invited these counties to participate in their Community Remembrance Project, retrieve their monuments, and facilitate a local reckoning.

The Community Remembrance Project is part of EJI’s work to partner with communities to recognize the victims of racial terror lynching through efforts such as educational events, collecting soil from lynching sites, erecting historical markers in communities where racial terror lynchings occurred, and placing their corresponding memorial monuments that acknowledges the horrors of racial injustice.

While we continue our work to build deeper local understanding of past and present issues of racial injustice, we feel that the time has come for the Jefferson County Memorial Project to move forward in memorializing Jefferson County’s victims of racial terror violence by designing and placing a JCMP-designed memorial in collaboration with our local community.  As we begin this process, please follow us on social media and sign up for our email newsletter to hear about opportunities to engage in the design and construction process.

More information on the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Community Remembrance Project can be found at www.eji.org. For questions regarding EJI’s Memorial retrieval process for counties, please contact memorialmonument@eji.org.

The Jefferson County Memorial Project is workin closely with the Rev Birmingham Re-vision Linn Park initiative as a stakeholder in the overall planning of the redesign of Birmingham’s Linn Park. Linn Park’s community-oriented planning and design process will result in a fresh park design and brand identity, a plan for ongoing park programming and activation plan, and a governance model for a sustained maintenance and capital investment.

The National Memorial For Peace and Justice

The Jefferson County Memorial Project was created after the Equal Justice Initiative opened the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a groundbreaking memorial in Montgomery dedicated to African American victims of racial terror violence. The Memorial contains monuments corresponding to over 800 counties where EJI documented racial terror lynchings. EJI has invited these counties to participate in their Community Remembrance Project, erect 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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