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  • Nicole J. Burton

Montgomery, Alabama: The Legacy

Researching a new play about a women's civil rights project in Mississippi during Freedom Summer 1964, I thought I'd first visit the new Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. I'm blown away. I recommend everyone visit, especially white and whitish people. The story's bad, worse than we know, but the straight line narrative of American enslavement through the criminal justice system is told creatively, clearly, and compassionately, and it was an honor to visit the marker of a friend's grandfather, lynched in 1915, shortly after the release of the film, “Birth of a Nation.” I'll have to squeeze the Rosa Parks and Freedom Riders Museums and Selma in tomorrow as by evening I'll be in Meridian, Mississippi.

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