The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum: Background information when reading We Are Not Like Them

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We Are Not Like Them

A Novel

by Christine Pride, Jo Piazza

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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum

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Steel monuments featuring names of lynching victimsA key scene in We Are Not Like Them occurs when one character impulsively stops at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and its associated Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.

Both the memorial and the museum were created as a result of efforts by the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) to honor those Black Americans who were enslaved, terrorized by lynching, those who suffered racial segregation, and individuals who are "burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence." Formed in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson (a public interest lawyer and the author of Just Mercy), EJI's efforts are focused in three main areas: criminal justice reform, racial justice and public education. Work on the memorial began in 2010 as EJI started investigating the thousands of lynchings that took place in the American South, many of which had never been documented. The group believes that "publicly confronting the truth about our history is the first step towards recovery and ...

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