The National Memorial for Peace and Justice or Lynching Museum was inspired from the Apartheid Museum and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It was founded by the Equal Justice Initiative and its creator Bryan Stevenson. Its location is in the Deep South in Montgomery , Alabama.
After visiting the museum, I was eating lunch with my family in a local restaurant. A friend of my mothers walked in. She introduced me to this fella named Bubba( a chuckle here is OK). We told him we went to see this new museum and immediately a smirk came over his face (no more chuckles to follow). I knew then that whatever was about to come out of his mouth was going to take considerable amount of restraint on my part not to blow a stack with his cynical response about The National Memorial For Peace And Justice.
Bubba started in by saying, “I have never seen any KKK here ( seriously- what a thing to say ) in this town and I am not about to go to that place. In fact we aren’t a problem here. Our local high school even voted to keep their Robert E. Lee monument.”
I could have said a few things to him, but chose to keep my mouth shut. Bubba was not gonna change his way. What gets me is that this man can not see the genuineness of placing such a breathtaking memorial right in the heart of dixie where so much was taken away from the present people we see walking our streets. We can not go back and change any of the injustices that were done, but we can remember and this is a fitting way. My hope is if not Bubba that others will come and make this a part of their journey in this life and that future peoples will prioritize their lives to place Montgomery, Alabama on their map of places to come to and pay respect to those who lost their lives through lynching.