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October 6: Montgomery—National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Legacy Museum

This was the first day of our trip to the sites of the historic Civil Rights Movement. We arrived safely in Atlanta and began our journey in Montgomery, Alabama. This was a powerful day of reflection for our group.

One student shared in their written response:

“Today in Montgomery at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice I was shocked to see the countless lynching victims named on the pillars, many of them being family members killed on the same day. Later, the exhibit at the Legacy Museum about Black prisoners who were wrongfully incarcerated was moving as well. The most interesting aspect of this exhibit was the section with interactive visitation booths where videos of prisoners told their true stories.”

We finished the day in Selma, Alabama visiting the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church and the Edmund Pettus Bridge, which is now part of the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail by the National Parks Service.


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