With so much controversy around the country surrounding the removal of Confederate statues, those who want to see the Confederate statues stay, including our President, argue that we are “tearing down history.”
After Charlottesville, journalist Wesley Lowery tweeted, “I don’t know anyone who wants Confederate monuments gone who doesn’t also want *more* public education about slavery.”
re: "erasing history" – I don't know anyone who wants Confederate monuments gone who doesn't also want *more* public education about slavery
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 17, 2017
In order to combat this lack of knowledge, attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), plans to open a museum in 2018.
The museum, “From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration” is meant to re-shape the way people think about race in America. EJI explains the motivation behind the museum:
“The United States has done very little to acknowledge the legacy of genocide of Native Americans, enslavement of black people, lynching, and racial segregation. As a result, racial disparities continue to burden people of color; the criminal justice system is infected with racial bias; and a presumption of dangerousness and guilt has led to mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and police violence against young people of color.”
As of now, the museum is planned to open in April. It will be located in Montgomery, Alabama.
“The museum’s location at the site of an Alabama slave depot gives it a powerful sense of place that visitors will feel when they enter,” EJI explains.