The Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice is the newest experience of the history of African Americans from slavery to incarceration. Although provocative, it’s an honest account of the state of Black America.
Being lynched for stealing a ham, winking at a white woman, refusing to run an errand for a white person is quite jaw-dropping, but those are just a few examples. Although there aren’t as many lynchings today, it is still happening. We guarantee that you won’t leave this museum the same.
Recommendations for planning your visit to the Legacy Museum and National Memorial
We recommend children ages 7 and older may benefit or begin to comprehend the content of this museum. Younger children will more likely gravitate towards the interactive exhibits, that don’t require a lot of reading.
1. Buy your tickets online, as the tickets are timed. The museum is closed on Tuesdays, and major holidays! We suggest purchasing the combined ticket that will give you access to the both the museum and the memorial. (There is a short bus ride to the memorial.)
2. We strongly suggest to go on a full stomach. There is a lot to read and take in. Hunger will likely rush the experience.
3. Plan to go a few times.
4. No photographs inside the museum, but you can take photos at the memorial.
5. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is somber and the expectation is that visitors respect the space. No food, no yelling, or running around.
6. Don’t miss the gift shop, it’s in a separate building!
7. Spend the day in Montgomery’s downtown area. There are cute restaurants and activities to fill the day.
The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) is working tirelessly to bring awareness as well as end mass incarceration to African Americans in the US. The EJI’s founder is attorney Bryan Stevenson. His life’s work has been to assist the underprivileged, impoverished communities, fight for their rights, and get their stories told.
Let us know in the comments about your experience! Let us know what you think of the very special Green Tent Talk about the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice