The Equal Justice Initiative creates the country’s first national memorial to the victims of lynching

Deborah Rothschild is consulting curator to the Equal Justice Initiative and former senior curator at the Williams College Museum of Art. She will discuss the origin and evolution of Bryan Stevenson’s ambitious, multi-layered memorial on 6 acres of land in Montgomery, Alabama to the victims of lynching. The monument is designed to bring attention to a neglected part of American history: the era of racial terror during which close to four thousand African Americans in the South were lynched in brutal acts of violence.

Abandoned by the criminal justice system and therefore without sanctuary, close to eight million more Black Americans fled to Northern cities to escape racial terror and violence in what is known as the Great Migration.  While the South is filled with historical markers and monuments that valorize the Confederacy and white supremacy, there are virtually none that acknowledge the horrific and unlawful loss of black life during this period.  Dr. Rothschild will discuss the evolution of the project, the problems encountered in realizing such a fraught subject, and illustrate the various components of EJI’s memorial to the victims of lynching—including soil collection from lynching sites--and describe the final monument, which will be completed in 2018.

Free and open to the public, this event is sponsored by Williams Reads, which aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. This year's common read is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. 


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 7:00pm

Paresky Center, Auditorium

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Art History & Studio Art, History, Davis Center, Williams Reads


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