The Equal Justice Initiative is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment, to challenging racial and economic injustice and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
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The Equal Justice Initiative is opening America’s first national memorial dedicated to the victims of racial terror lynching and a new museum dedicated to slavery and its legacy in Montgomery, Alabama. Modeled on important projects used to overcome difficult histories of genocide, apartheid, and horrific human rights abuses in other countries, these cultural spaces are designed to promote a more hopeful commitment to racial equality and just treatment for all people.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is the nation's first comprehensive memorial dedicated to racial terror lynchings of African Americans and the legacy of slavery and racial inequality in America. EJI is inviting communities to acknowledge and confront their history of racial injustice by claiming monuments to install in their communities.
The Legacy Museum is a one-of-a-kind narrative museum housing interactive media, sculpture, videography, and exhibits that immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and the world’s largest prison system. The museum is located on the site of a former warehouse where black people were enslaved in Montgomery, Alabama.