The National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in April of 2018. It was the first memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved people, people that were terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated during the segregation period and Jim Crow laws.
The memorial was created where people are able to gather and reflect on America's history of racial inequality. The memorial takes the visitors through slavery, lynching and racial terror, using text, narratives, and monuments dedicated to the victims of lynching.
The site is 6 acres, with various types of art and texts to emphasize racial terror. The site includes 800 six-foot monuments that symbolize thousands of racial terror lynching victims in the US and the counties where the lynchings occurred. There is one steel monument for each county in the US where a lynching took place. The names of the victims are also engraved on it.
EJI also engages community members and the public in the Community Remembrance Project. They work with communities to erect historical markers, organize soil collection ceremonies, and they hold essay contests for local high school students. After community remembrance, EJI will also make an identical monument like the one in the museum, and install it in the county.
With the memorial, EJI hopes to inspire communities across the nation to enter an era of truth telling about racial injustice and their own local histories.