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Equal Justice Initiative

   It is finally here, the grand opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice along with the Legacy Museum. Years in the making, the project is the brainstorm of Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the legal advocacy group Equal Justice Initiative. A six acre site on Caroline Street is home to 800 rectangular steel slabs, some on the ground, but most suspended from the roof of the monument. Each one representing a county where lynchings occurred, inscribed with the names of the victims.

Equal Justice Initiative

   A press conference is set for this afternoon by the Equal Justice Initiative to talk about the opening of its National Memorial for Peace and Justice later this week. The legal advocacy group in Montgomery says the combined museum and memorial will be the nation's first site to document racial inequality in America from slavery through Jim Crow to the issues of today. The site includes a memorial to the victims of 4,400 "terror lynchings" of black people in 800 U.S. counties from 1877 through 1950.

New state schools superintendent to be chosen today

Apr 20, 2018

   A new State Schools Superintendent is expected to be chosen today by the Alabama Board of Education.  The panel narrowed the list to four finalists last week. Those four individuals are to be interviewed during the day, after which the board will confer and choose the state’s next schools chief. The finalists are Jefferson County Superintendent Craig Pouncey, Hoover City Schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy, Superintendent Association of Alabama Executive Director Eric Mackey and former Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott.

Two men shot to death in Montgomery Saturday night

Apr 16, 2018
teenvogue.com

   Montgomery police are investigating a double homicide that occurred over the weekend. According to a statement, police were called to the 28-hundred block of Fairwest Street late Saturday night where they found two men suffering from gunshot wounds. The two men were taken to a local hospital where they later died. Investigators say both men, ages 23 and 30, were from Montgomery. Their names have not been released and no arrests have been made. Police say the investigation into what led to the shooting is ongoing.

Kress on Dexter preserves stone markers

Apr 13, 2018
Exploring Montgomery

   Two stone markers have been preserved inside the renovated Kress building as a reminder of the city’s segregated past. A ceremony for the opening of Kress on Dexter today unveiled the markers, leftover from the original structure – built in 1929. Inscribed with the words “colored” and “white,” the markers instructed use of Kress water fountains. Co-owner of the building Sarah Buller says the decision was made early in the development to keep and preserve the markers.

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