Group unveils plans for museum on race, lynchings in America

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Posted: Aug 16, 2016 2:45 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Equal Justice Initiative says it plans to open a national memorial to lynching victims next year in Alabama.

The Montgomery-based group says it has identified more than 4,000 lynchings of blacks in the United States from 1877 until 1950, and will honor each county's victims on dual pillars — one at the memorial and another to be installed in each county where the lynchings happened.

The group also plans a museum exploring race in America, from slavery through mass incarceration. It will be built overlooking downtown Montgomery, near the historic site of one of the South's largest slave auctions.

The Equal Justice Initiative is led by Bryan Stevenson, an attorney known for representing death row inmates and juvenile defendants.