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August 16, 2016

Nonprofit Details Plans for Memorial to Lynching Victims

A legal-rights organization is set to formally unveil plans Tuesday for the country’s largest memorial and museum dedicated to the victims of racial murders, The New York Times writes. The institution is set to open next year in Montgomery, Ala., where founding group the Equal Justice Initiative is based.

The memorial, housed on six acres at the highest point in Montgomery, will include a four-sided gallery of 801 suspended columns, each representing a U.S. county where a lynching took place and bearing the name of the person or people killed. Among the exhibits at the museum, located at the Equal Justice Initiative’s downtown headquarters, will be jars of soil collected by the group from lynching sites.

The nonprofit’s director, Bryan Stevenson, said he has raised about 40 percent of the projected $20 million cost to build the twin facilities, the latest in a line of undertakings by the public-interest lawyer to focus attention on America’s history of racial injustice. Contributors to date include Google and the Ford Foundation.

Read a Chronicle of Philanthropy feature about Mr. Stevenson and the lynching-memorial project.