Equal Justice Initiative
The Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice Open to the Public
The Wagner Foundation is honored to support the launch of Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery AL, which confront racial injustices head on and create a space for investigation and reflection.
The museum and memorial showcase perspectives rarely represented at large scale and in great detail. These prominent spaces challenge us to think about each other and how we remember history. The United States has done little to acknowledge the legacy of slavery, lynching, and racial segregation. As a result, people of color are disproportionately marginalized, disadvantaged and mistreated.
The Wagner Foundation believes that art and cultural spaces can encourage conversation, truth telling, and reconciliation. We recognize that communities must be free to express themselves, to share and know their history. Without such contributions, society cannot grow or confront challenges in a meaningful way. We expect the museum and memorial will make important contributions to this end.
EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. The museum and memorial is an outgrowth of EJI's work; it provides a historical context for many issues that still inform aspects of our law enforcement and judicial institutions.
Click here to learn more about the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice.